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Our featured volunteer is longtime supporter Erika Meier

Erika loading her car

Erika loading her car

I started volunteering in 2008 while finishing up my training as a Kundalini Yoga Instructor as Golden Bridge. It wasn’t planned. I went with a fellow yogi after our morning meditation who showed me the ropes and told me she picked-up food at Bristol Farms and would hand it out to the homeless as we made our way back to Golden Bridge. It was suppose to go to a shelter but we handed it out on the streets instead. She would say “this is for you Erika, this is what you need to do.” How ironic that by the next week she was no longer doing the food run.  Without knowing it, I started to make it my own personal seva. One month turned into a year and a year turned in to three, and so on.  In the last seven years I have probably only missed picking up the donation a handful of times. Why keep up the practice? To quote Yogi Bhajan, this is exactly what it’s about. And yes, it does bring you all the goodies of the Universe!

Seva, a service of giving without thinking of result, is a very simple thing. It makes you a leader whether you are or not—whether you deserve to be or not. And it brings you opportunities, prosperity’s, and all the goods, and God, and goodies of the Universe. Yogi Bhajan – 4/20/89

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Waste Not Want Not helps reduce hunger, and decrease global warming, by providing Los Angeles area homeless

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Volunteer Program

Waste Not Want Not Now is a completely volunteer run program. All of our work is done by people who are working to make a difference – picking up food that is being thrown out by bakeries, grocery stores and restaurants and delivering it to shelters throughout the city of Los Angeles. To find out […]

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Up to one-fifth (1/5) of America’s food goes to waste each year, with an estimated one-hundred thirty (130lbs.) pounds of food per person ending up in landfills. Because landfills lack oxygen, food breaks down in a manner that releases methane – a greenhouse gas that traps twenty (20x) times more heat than carbon dioxide, thereby worsening global […]

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