The Friday Five: Black Woman-Led Nonprofits in Los Angeles

The Friday Five: Black Woman-Led Nonprofits in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is a city that always shows up for its community. One of the simplest ways we can do so is by donating — donating our time, money, or simply showing support. In celebration of Black History Month, we’ve rounded up a few local Black woman-led nonprofits that are dedicated to empowering our community and creating a more equitable Los Angeles where everyone is provided for.

Hike Clerb | Founded by Evelynn Escobar-Thomas

Founded in 2017, Hike Clerb is an LA based intersectional womxn’s hike club and 501c(3). Inspired to take action by the lack of representation of people of color in the outdoors, Hike Clerb was born. Their mission is to equip womxn of color with the tools, resources, and experiences they need to collectively heal in nature from Los Angeles and beyond.

Instagram: @hikeclerb


Balanced Women | Founded by Jewel Gould

Balanced Women curates spaces and initiatives for women who wear various “hats” while encouraging them to lead wholesome and purpose-fueled lives. Their most recent initiative — The Young Ladies Initiative — aims to aid young women with greater opportunities in fields like education, arts, music, sports, entrepreneurship, and purposeful aspirations.

Instagram: @balancedwomen

Website: The Young Ladies Initiative | GoFundMe

SÜPRMARKT | Founded by Olympia Auset

SÜPRMARKT is a non-profit that aims to shatter barriers to health in low income communities by making organic food accessible to all. Since their inception in 2016, SÜPRMARKT has provided more than 70,000 pounds of organic fruits, vegetables, and more to South LA — a community with 1.3 million residents but only 60 grocery stores. The next SÜPRMARKT will be held this Sunday, February 21, 2021 at the Underground Museum in Leimert Park.

Instagram: @supr.mrkt


Black Women Lead | Founded by Shannon Morton

Black Women Lead (BWL) is a non-profit organization that was formed in response to the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. The non-profit is committed to meeting the Black Lives Matter movement with the urgency it requires via rallies and protests, donating to bail funds and mutual aid funds, engaging with public representatives, food and donation drives, and more.

Instagram: @black_womenlead 


Lunch On Me | Founded by LaRayia Gaston

Lunch on Me (LOM) is a non-profit dedicated to ending starvation while providing opportunities to enrich the mind, body, and spirit of LA’s homeless community. This Los Angeles-based organization brings nutritious and organic meals to skid row six days a week, every week and reaches 10,000 people per month. While LOM’s main goal is to provide delicious and quality meals to the community, their initiatives also include yoga classes, community parties, and healing gatherings for women.

Instagram: @lunchonme


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