South County Crosscultural Council
LAGUNA FRIENDS IN NEED
“Laguna Friends in Need” LFN
Aims to better the lives of day laborers by providing food, English classes, medical care, and holiday presents for them and their family members. Aaron and Shira, along with their membership, have raised more than $20,000 in cash and in-kind donations, and in the process, have established personal bonds with the workers and their families.
Click onto the links to read featured articles about “Laguna Friends in Need”
Fox 11 News video, August 2015
OC Register June 8, 2014
Speaking their language: Teen siblings find new ways to help day laborers
“Laguna Friends in Need” co-founders Aaron and Shira Alcoulmre were 2015 beneficiaries of Helen Diller’s philanthropic legacy.
Each year, the Helen Diller Family Foundation awards $36,000 to each of fifteen Jewish U.S. teens for exceptional leadership and engagement in service projects to make the world a better place.” Laguna Friends in Need” co-founders Aaron and Shira Alcoulmre were 2015 beneficiaries of Helen Diller’s philanthropic legacy.
Prior to her passing earlier this year, Helen Diller lived to support social responsibility, medical research, cultural and artistic endeavors, and the revitalization of her Jewish heritage. Now, her vision lives on in each recipient of the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards. The selected teens embody tikkun olam, the Jewish notion of repairing the world, and have been tasked with carrying out self-imagined social projects that reflect this concept.
Laguna Beach Independent, September 16, 2014
Hearts on Their Sleeves
Orange County Register. August-15-2015.
Everyday Heroes, Aaron and Shira Alcouloum Honored at the Montage Resort.
Laguna Beach Indi. On-line Jul 14 2015
Young Teacher Learns Their Language
Huffington Post, Huffpost Good News. 07/14/2015
Migrant Laborers In California Get Free English Classes From Local Charitable Teen
Educating workers at Laguna Canyon Day Worker Center.