#GivingTuesdayNow

In this time of uncertainty, there’s a fundamental truth that gives us hope — that together we can do extraordinary things. Over the past few weeks and months, the entire world has been coming together to stand up, help out, give back, and heal. Generosity has been helping the entire world get through this global pandemic. Together.

We hope you will join us in celebrating #GivingTuesdayNow, a new global day of giving and unity taking place on May 5 (in addition to the regularly scheduled #GivingTuesday on Dec. 1, 2020) as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.

On #GivingTuesdayNow, people all around the world are coming together to tap into the power of human connection and strengthen communities at the grassroots level.

While we are sheltered at home to protect the public health, we remain committed to our work to connect people and public lands, protect our mountains, rivers and green spaces, and create more parks and opportunities for all our communities to enjoy the benefits offered by nature. Our work behind-the-scenes continues and is more important than ever — and that’s why we are participating in #GivingTuesdayNow. As a 501c3 nonprofit, all donated funds pay for our vital work. On this global day of unity and giving, we thank you for any contributions you can make!

Message from Our Executive Director, Belinda Faustinos, on the COVID-19 Crisis

On behalf of the Nature for All team, I hope you and your family are well and safe. 

The health and safety of our community is a priority for us. Part of our Nature for All mission is to improve public health, by connecting people and public lands through more trails and other outdoor recreational opportunities. Now, of course, we are joining our larger community in staying home and physically apart from others in order to protect the public health. 

We know our communities are facing hardships. To help, we have created a resource guide with links to trusted sources of information, advice on staying well, and information on services that are being made available to our communities during this difficult and uncertain time. We will continue to update this with new information and resources, as we get them.

While our collective focus is on protecting the public health, we remain committed to our work to connect people and public lands, protect our mountains, rivers and green spaces, and create more parks and opportunities for all our communities to enjoy the benefits offered by nature. Our work behind-the-scenes continues and we look forward to the day, hopefully soon, when we can safely see you on a trail, in a park, at a public meeting, or at a community event. 

Board of Directors Spotlight: Vanessa Aramayo

What’s your favorite park, trail, or natural space in the greater Los Angeles area?

My family and I have enjoyed hiking Eaton Canyon the most, mainly because it’s small, kid-friendly, includes water streams, and is close to home. One of our favorite Los Angeles area parks is Griffith Park because there is SO much to do; a hike, picnic, horseback riding, a bike ride — and again, so accessible (close to home). 

What or who inspires you in your field of work? 

I’m inspired by ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Whether it is a grandparent or parent with limited time who commits to taking a training to better understand the education system for their child/children, or a young person who wants to learn more on an issue, about their environment or community and be able to make a positive impact. There are examples of this every day of people that are motivated to create better opportunities for others; increasing their knowledge, their engagement, and taking action for better change. 

Why are you excited to serve on the Nature for All board?

I am excited to serve on this board because Nature for All authentically engages communities of color on issues that have deep impacts to our communities. Too often, our communities lack a diversity of voices in discussing how to address these issues. 

Board Member Spotlight: Casey Schreiner

What’s your favorite park, trail, or natural space in the greater Los Angeles area?

The Mishe Mokwa Trail to Sandstone Peak is my favorite hike in the L.A. area -– it really shows off the beauty of our unique landscape and revitalizes me every time I hike it. But my favorite park in the region is Griffith Park. It’s one of the largest municipal parks in North America, it really has something for everyone, and it’s truly one of the few places Angelenos have where we can get out of our cars and interact with each other

What or who inspires you in your field of work? 

I am really inspired by the concept of bioregionalism, which aims for a stronger connection between people and the natural places where they live.

Why are you excited to to serve on the Nature for All board?

In terms of access, equity, quality, and diversity, L.A. is currently facing outdoor issues that the rest of the country will be facing in the future soon. There are so many people doing good work in the outdoors here and using innovating approaches to tackle those problems. I am proud to be involved in this movement with Nature for All and I look forward to making our incredible outdoors more accessible to everyone in the Los Angeles area.