Little Free Library Campaign

Over this next month, we are running a select fundraising campaign to install a Little Free Library (LFL) for Mrs. Dudley and her students at 156th Street Elementary School.  The cost for materials and installation is $400. With your help, we can make this happen. Our founder, John Umekubo, will design and build the LFL, similar to the oneContinue reading “Little Free Library Campaign”

Lumenary – Sidra Dudley

Smiles. It’s all you see, even through the protective masks they wear. Beaming from ear to ear, these young learners have returned to campus after more than a year. For some, like the Kindergarten students, it is their first time stepping foot on campus. The attending student body is at fifty percent capacity to accommodateContinue reading “Lumenary – Sidra Dudley”

The Freezer Is In!

Our first Lumenary, Kim Cameron, and her team at the Warrior Food Pantry received the commercial freezer this week. Thank you to all of our generous donors for helping to make this happen. This gift will positively impact the students facing food insecurity by providing goods that might otherwise be turned away as donations because theyContinue reading “The Freezer Is In!”

Celebrating Women’s History Month

As we celebrate the incredible work of women throughout history this month, and every month, here are two recent social media posts from the amazing women here at LumenSparQ. And while on the topic of amazing women, we will soon announce our second Lumenary, a passionate, caring, and committed educator at an elementary school inContinue reading “Celebrating Women’s History Month”

Global Sustainable Development Goals

When considering the selection of our heroes to spotlight and support, we look to the UN Global Sustainable Development Goals for inspiration. These 17 goals were established and “adopted by all UN Member States in 2015, as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which set out a 15-year plan to achieve the Goals.” 1 HereContinue reading “Global Sustainable Development Goals”

The 100 Percent Model

In his book Thirst, Scott Harrison, founder, and CEO of charity: water, describes the 100 Percent Model as a commitment by his nonprofit organization to ensure all public donations go directly to the projects they run to bring safe, clean water to those in need. He explains that “Americans are known for being generous, but one inContinue reading “The 100 Percent Model”

Do You Have a Hero in Mind?

In our work to spotlight and support local heroes in education, we reach out to our connections across Los Angeles for leads on potential candidates. We search for educators, students, and others involved in schools that share the following characteristics. A Lumenary is an individual or group that: works at a school or supports anContinue reading “Do You Have a Hero in Mind?”

Lumenaries & SparQs

As we spotlight and support our local heroes, we place them in two distinct categories. The first category is for adults, be they teachers, administrators, or staff, performing a social good. We call them Lumenaries (intentional spelling to match our organization’s name). Support for Lumenaries may come in the form of financial assistance to further enhanceContinue reading “Lumenaries & SparQs”