Pass it Along Fund

iheartmom_placedDiana, a widow with a young son, was determined to create a better life for her family. But after putting herself through school and earning an associate’s degree in culinary arts, she found herself struggling to find work because of a lack of experience. As student loans came due, she was unable to cover her monthly rent and meet her family’s basic needs. Not knowing what else to do, she sought help at the P.F. Bresee Foundation. They were able to provide it through the Pass it Along Fund.

The Pass It Along Fund was established by anonymous donors to provide financial assistance directly to individuals facing a moment of acute need. The only request in return is that these individuals pass along two acts of kindness. Since 2011, the fund has given more than $1.5 million to help Angelenos in crisis create a brighter future for themselves and their families. Recipients have expressed their gratitude through thousands of generous acts, sharing the help they’ve been given and transforming their communities.

The emergency rental assistance Diana received allowed her to provide for her son while continuing to search for work, eventually finding long-term employment at Urth Caffé. In turn, she gave back by participating in a community clean-up, distributing meals to the homeless and teaching basic cooking classes to students at Bresee.

To support the Pass it Along Fund and help individuals like Diana to overcome obstacles and take control of their own lives, visit

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