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Commit to do something!

Scaling Up

to Bring

More Power

to More People

Support Skid Row Power's

Charge 'n Chill


Skid Row Power needs your help empowering Skid Row residents to stay digitally connected to their lifelines -- family, friends, and services. While 86% of Skid Row residents have cell phones, keeping these phones charged up represents a major obstacle. Together, Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA CAN) and researchers at USC Annenberg co-designed and built Charge ‘n Chill, a solar and battery-powered bike cart equipped with 14 charging ports, a WiFi hotspot, and a sound system.


Charge ‘n Chill is now scaling up to bring more power to more people and we need your help creating the next generation of charging carts.


Here’s how you can help:

  • Lend your expertise in deploying off-the-grid power systems.

  • Donate equipment to build additional carts. See our list of equipment needs. We’re always open to new ideas for equipment and materials

  • Donate funds: Each cart costs $1200, so every little bit counts. Please donate at: Use the dropdown menu to designate your donation to “Skid Row Power”.

  • Stay up to date: Get in touch with us at and visit our website at


We’re looking forward to working with you to bring digital empowerment to Skid Row!


Everyone can find a way to donate time, support, lend expertise or shop for a cause.  The non-profits we have partnered with are all doing good work backed by the fundamental belief that each of us needs to participate in helping our most vulnerable neighbors.

Join Us in Ending Youth Homelessness

Become a Host


Safe Place for Youth supports youth experiencing homelessness through a continuum of care that includes street outreach, drop-in services, case management, health and wellness, and education and employment programs. The Host Home Program is an innovative, grassroots approach to addressing our community’s homelessness crisis.


By pairing Transitional-Aged Youth (18-25) with community members who have underutilized spaces in their homes, youth not only obtain access to short-term shelter but are also able to build meaningful connections to caring adults in their community. While staying in a Host Home, youth guests are able to engage in the long-term housing search safely and more successfully, and save any income earned while being hosted towards their future. SPY’s Host Home Program focuses on matching guests for stays of 3-6 months, and which include youth guests pursuing housing, academic and employment goals.

To learn more, email:

Andrew Gutierrez III

Host Program Coordinator



Complementing Skid Row Power's project, we are committed to providing portable, solar-powered powerbanks for the homeless community through your direct purchase of these tools through the Salvation Army.  Help us provide 100 portable, solar-powered powerbanks to our unhoused neighbors by clicking the button below. Portable power for electronics directly impacts the homeless community’s ability to keep their devices charged to access services and keep in touch with friends and family. These powerbanks can also be used as an LED flashlight.


When you click the button below you’ll be brought to where you can login and purchase powerbanks directly through the Salvation Army -  Santa Monica Corps Amazon Smile page, who will distribute them.

Purchase directly today to make a highly-targeted impact on your neighbors ability to achieve their goals.


Calling All


Apply Your Skills

Are you a developer, designer, data scientist, or digital marketer?

Apply your pro bono skills to help nonprofits address complex challenges while engaging in professional development and peer-learning. 


Civic Innovation Lab is building a model of giving back that engages digital professionals, offers leadership development opportunities, and provides lasting impact to local nonprofits by leveraging the tech and design skills of those in the private sector. 

The Pro Bono Tech program brings together teams of digital professionals to help bridge the digital divide between the technology and public interest sectors.  Join our diverse team of problem-solvers.

For Volunteer Opportunities, contact the following:

Code Talk: Sharon Plunkett

Safe Parking LA: Emily Kantrim

The Salvation Army: Erin L. Wikle

Venice Family Clinic: Naveena Ponnusamy



On November 13 we will have a Text-to-Donate Call to Action showcasing the following the organizations you can support:


We have partnered with the following organizations who will have items for sale made by people who have experienced trauma and homelessness.

Can’t make the event?  Click on each organization and buy!

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