Every Sunday at 11am, we bring a group of 30+ volunteers to Skid Row to drop off 1,000+ gallons of water. This is what we call a water drop.
By packing 15+ cars and trucks with water gallons and fanning out across the region, we’re able to reach a significant number of Skid Row residents. While a gallon a week is nowhere near sufficient for healthy survival in Los Angeles’s hot climate, we hope that this regular water distribution, which supplements the actions already being taken by organizers around the city, will curb some of the existing urgent need for clean drinking water.
We differ from many organizations in that we bring larger quantities of water directly to people. Since other organizations in Los Angeles cover a variety of issues, we are structured in a way that provides water on a more focused scale in higher quantities. Our hope is that this removes the burden of finding and getting to a brick and mortar distribution location, due to inaccessible information, safety concerns and physical restrictions.
On our water drops, we also underscore the importance of person-to-person conversations and interactions. This is another reason why we send our volunteers to every single block of Skid Row. By building relationships with members of the community during these drops, we hope to serve as a trusted resource and friend to residents.
If you’d like to join us on our next water drop, please register below. The sign up link will be posted every Monday, and typically fills by Wednesday. Personal cars are welcome, but not necessary.
Can't make it to a drop? No problem! As an organization funded by grassroots donors, we understand the financial and time limitations you might be experiencing. Feel free to donate what you feel comfortable with by clicking the button below or share our GoFundMe link with your friends and family. These donations will go towards purchasing & transporting water, Gatorade, snacks, outdoor gear, an emergency support fund and other community needs.
We also prioritize legislative advocacy, as this is a primary way in which we can achieve long-term change. Check out our petitions and our full statements on how the City of Los Angeles has failed unsheltered communities at the links below.
Volunteering for our water drops is just the first piece of our mission. We seek to be as educational as we are active as we work to better understand the roots of homelessness, systemic poverty, and water scarcity.