By Karen Hoagland
Community Service Director
The USS Angeles is promoting several worthy nonprofits. Here are the details.

AIDS Walk Los Angeles

Project Los Angeles supports more than 20 Los Angeles County AIDS service organizations that help people who have the HIV virus and AIDS.
Its major fundraiser is AIDS Walk Los Angeles. USS Angeles members participate each October in the 6.2-mile (10-kilometer) walk through West Hollywood and Los Angeles.
You can contact Dave Mason ( to walk with the Angeles. You also can donate to one of the walk’s participants or, as the walk approaches, at the USS Angeles’ page at the AIDS Walk’s website.

Angels Way

The Angeles has donated a variety of items to Angels Way Maternity Home in Woodland Hills. The center serves single, pregnant women, 18 and older, who have decided to give birth.
The center’s services during a crisis pregnancy meet spiritual, psychological, educational and physical needs. They include weekly counseling sessions to help the woman explore her feelings and realistically evaluate her choice to raise her child or place her baby in an adoptive home.
The facility is an nondenominational Christian facility that serves women regardless of their faith, race or national origin.
Angels Way’s objective is to assist the mother in developing a sense of self-worth and help her to become a responsible, productive and self-sufficient individual, prepared for independent living.

Direct Relief
Direct Relief is based in Goleta near Santa Barbara and has the mission of improving the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergency situations such an an unexpected natural disaster. It serves the U.S. and countries around the world.
Zachary Quinto, aka Spock in the new “Star Trek” movies, is the celebrity spokesman for Direct Relief and has praised it for its transparency in how the funds are used. The group works in partnership with local organizations.
Direct Relief is made possible by contributions from individuals, health care companies and medical manufacturers.

Heifer International
Heifer International’s goal is to end hunger and poverty through helping people throughout the world become self-sufficient. Your donation buys an animal, and the gift keeps producing for a community.
You can specify how you want your donation spent. For example, you can buy a flock of geese.
In some parts of the world, geese eggs are more than simply being part of diets. A family can raise the geese and use the sales from the eggs to buy food, clothes, medicine and school supplies. The gift just keeps producing, making the recipients self-sustaining. There are a variety of animals to choose from ranging from $20 on up.
Many countries are serviced by Heifer International. In the U.S., the nonprofit serves people in the Appalachians.
Acting Community Service Director Renee Wike contributed to this story.

For more information about Angeles Community Services, please click here.

Pets for Vets
Pets for Vets helps a veteran and rescues an animal at risk of euthanasia at the same time. It’s a win-win charity.
Studies have shown companion animals help with many issues affecting veterans such as depression, stress and anxiety.
Pets for Vets helps by interviewing the veteran. The nonprofit finds a dog fitting the veteran’s wants, personality and lifestyle.
The dogs are trained in basic obedience and behaviors needed to help their new owners in areas such as wheelchairs or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Pets for Vets has various donation options. The nonprofit also accepts PayPal.