South County Crosscultural Council
Students Who Make A Difference
“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 many of the workers and their families.
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 Alcouloumre 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.