Frequently Asked Questions
Are you a 501(c)3?
Water Drop is organized as a California nonprofit corporation and is now recognized as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. We are able to provide receipts for donations; for inquiries about in-kind donations, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. As we work to rebuild our systems of care, we will continue to challenge the nonprofit-industrial complex, build the capacity of our communities through mutual aid, and use our status in a way that supports our radical visions for change.
What are your COVID safety protocols?
We practice social distancing with our volunteers and require that masks are worn at all times. We also ask that volunteers verify that they have not experienced any COVID-related symptoms prior to their volunteering commitment.
Is it safe to go to Skid Row?
As outsiders to the Skid Row community, it is rare for our volunteers to experience any physical harassment or conflict. While catcalling and some verbal harassment may occur (as it does in any major city), we make sure to never send a volunteer alone so each volunteer is supported when needed. By making sure volunteers are in groups at all times and have access to group leaders and emergency contact information, we are able to provide resources for community assistance and eliminate the unfounded stigma associated with the area.
How do you center your recipients rather than yourselves in your giving?
We recognize that we are part of the same community and we value the relationships we are making and growing each week; it’s not about us giving to “them” and more about us sharing with each other.
What are you doing about your plastic use?
Reducing plastic waste is a priority for us as we move forward with our efforts to improve water access. Currently, we’re using gallon bottles instead of 16 oz bottles to cut some of the plastic waste, as well as conscientiously choosing water distributors based on their business practices. In lieu of the ability to install permanent drinking fountains (the city would need to do this), we’re looking into establishing temporary alternatives that are accessible and sanitary.
I can’t volunteer in person – what else can I do to help?
If you can’t come out to one of our drops, you can help us out by spreading the word and donating if you can! We also are always open to collaborations, potential long-term solutions and general suggestions, so if you have something to contribute, we’re here to listen.
Do you take donations?
If you’re local to LA and are able to drop off donations, we’ll happily take them to Skid Row for you. We're currently accepting donations every Saturday from 3-5 PM in the parking lot of St. Mark's Lutheran Church (3651 Vermont Ave) unless otherwise noted on social media. We accept:
Food (perishable and non-perishable)
Clothing/shoes (High need for L sizes)
Unused hygiene products
Gear (tents, tarps, thermal blankets, sleeping bags)
*Only washed/unused, sorted donations will be accepted. Please label bags and boxes with their contents.
What are your volunteer requirements?
We just ask that you’re over 18 years old and can verify that you have not experienced any COVID symptoms and have not been recently exposed to the virus.
How do I find out about the next event and stay up to date?
Follow our Facebook and Instagram pages for updates! But as a rule of thumb, we’ll be doing a water drop every Sunday at 11am PST.