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About Us

Water Drop LA is a 100% volunteer-run community organization whose mission is to provide clean water and other necessities to communities facing water inaccessibility. By distributing 2,000+ gallons of water to Skid Row each week and by providing water to our partner organizations across Southern California, Water Drop aims to support existing organizers and to meet the immediate needs of the community. Access to clean drinking water is a fundamental human right, and Water Drop believes that legislative advocacy must be accompanied by a swift response to critical necessities.

Our Work

Every Sunday, we organize Water Drops to bring 2,000+ gallons of water to the unsheltered community on Skid Row. Learn more about how to volunteer here. 

Throughout each week, we also work alongside other mutual aid groups to deliver water and other materials for their own outreach events. Among these groups are farmworkers in Oxnard and Coachella Valley whose water has been tainted by pesticide runoff, community fridges across LA and organizers combatting water insecurity within low-income, housed communities.  See a full list of our partners here.

Our Values

Advocacy

We advocate for accountability from our government officials and for education on structural racism and anti-saviorism.


Community

 We seek to be sustainable in our efforts by prioritizing and centering local communities in our work. We believe that access to water, food, and housing is what creates healthy communities.
 

Authenticity

 We require full transparency and accountability from our organization.
 

Collaboration

We strive to create strong partnerships with other organizations that work to combat the consequences of systemic marginalization; together, we foster horizontal linkages and bottom-up strategies that build informed and critical consciousness. 
 

Equity

We value inclusivity and recognizing how structural racism plays into water insecurity.

Our Mission

Water Drop’s mission is to provide clean drinking water to people experiencing homelessness and other communities facing water insecurity. We believe that no person, regardless of their housing status, should go without access to clean drinking water: the most fundamental human need.

Meet the Team

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    aria@waterdropla.org

    Co-President & Executive Director

    Aria Cataño

    A graduate student at the University of Southern California, she studies Urban Planning with a concentration in equitable economic development. As a first generation American who is driven by her multicultural upbringing, fighting for a world of socially just policies is at the core of her being. But more than anything, she is eager to continue learning and growing alongside her communities so that positive and radical systemic change can become a reality.

  • Co-President & Director of Operations

    Catie Cummings

    A senior at the University of Southern California she studies Law, History and Culture, and Practical Politics with plans on attending law school in 2021. Originally from Philadelphia, Catie is dedicated to working on issues critical to Los Angeles, particularly access to basic human needs such as water and shelter.  Once she finishes her time at USC and Law School, Catie plans to work as a public defender promoting equitable access to justice for all. 

  • Secretary & Director of Sustainability

    Kate Montanez

    A recent graduate from University of Southern California, they work to conjure spaces that uplift and affirm folks, dismantle access barriers, and create a fabric of pathways that heal and build genuine community relationships. As a community assistance fellow with National Parks they plan to aid conservation efforts by reconnecting folks with each other and the environment in equitable ways. They hope to amplify the fight for all resources to be redistributed and managed to build communal capacity and hone our power.

  • Director of Volunteer Operations

    Avery Dukes

    A current senior at USC studying NGOs and Social Change. Having firsthand experience with inequality, she has begun work in the education system to push for a more equitable curriculum and instruction. She is dedicated to extending this passion to push for access to basic human rights and social justice. With the understanding that every person has the right to live comfortably, she uses her activism to change the lives of individuals in the hope that the effort will make a collective impact. 

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    mayra@waterdropla.org

    Director of Community Outreach

    Mayra Lozano

    An undocumented community organizer raised in Tongva (South Central LA) by strong immigrant parents. Most recently a graduate of UC Berkeley, she completed a Public Service Fellowship at Immigrant Defenders Law Center providing direct legal services to immigrant children. Now as a public policy fellow of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus she plans to work on community centered immigration policy. Guided by her own experiences with homelessness, she hopes to aid in the struggle against systemic inequities.

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    Asst. Director of Volunteer Operations

    Marwan Nassar

    Marwan grew up in Egypt and immigrated to America in 2011.  Having inherited an affinity for music from his grandmother and an awareness of the social inequities plaguing our societies from the Egyptian revolution in which he grew up, he aims to combine music and activism to make the world a more equitable, inclusive, and loving space. He appreciates honest expression, communication, and understanding and aims to constantly grow and learn as a person and as a musician.

  • Co-Director of Development

    Alyssa Czaban

    A current senior at the University of Southern California studying Political Economy, Alyssa is passionate about working with children in the education space. She believes equal access to physical and online learning, housing, and food and water security go hand in hand in creating equal opportunities for every person to become a leader in their own community. She plans to continue working in nonprofit advancement and development after graduating USC. 

  • Co-Director of Development

    Kathy Hong

    A Vietnamese American, born and raised in the heart of Little Saigon, she recently graduated from UCLA with a degree in Communications. She cites her community as her greatest source of inspiration and support. Currently working as a college advisor for high school students, she strives to uplift the youth to see themselves as infinite and powerful as she sees them. Centering radical love in all of her work, she aims to shift the collective culture to one of care and empathy for our community. 

  • Asst. Director of Outreach

    Kevin Williams

    A life long Angeleno, Kevin was raised, graduated from college with degree in political science (UCLA), and has worked with in the greater Los Angeles his entire life. Inspired by his single parent, low income, multi-racial, upbringing and influenced by personal experiences with the nearly insurmountable tribulations that the disabled, financially insecure, and systemically oppressed people of Los Angeles face every day, he's developed a passion to serve the most vulnerable however he can.

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    Intern

    Cady Ngo

    A recent high school graduate and current gap year student dedicated to rehabilitating the relationship between people and the planet. Having witnessed firsthand the California drought and studied water access in Indonesia as a research assistant, she is intent on raising awareness of and combatting the global prevalence of water scarcity. In her gap year and beyond, she strives to ensure that water — and all other natural resources — becomes rightfully accessible to all.

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