A new non-profit forming called “The Leela Project” has announced its plans to provide food and warm clothing for Corona-area homeless at City Park this Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
Founded by locals Dominick Verette and Seth Wheel, The Leela Project’s mission is to spread love to those who have lost hope and feel as if they’ve been forgotten. The project was inspired by Leela Peters, Verette’s grandmother and an Indian immigrant who came to America in 1968 and dedicated her life to her community. Peters taught at Azusa Pacific University, was appointed the Executive Directory of the YMCA, where she worked for 15 years, and would become the Director of Social Service at St. Erne Sanitarium where she was known for the love and care she provided to each of her many patients.
Throughout her career, Peters emphasized that giving back to the community was a vital part of life. “She would go on to instill those same values into my mother who then passed it down to me. My hope is that one day I can pass it down to someone else or that through my actions we create a trend of compassion and love for the hopeless and broken,” said Verette in a written response. “This project and its mission, to help people in need and show them that there can be change in community, is also in a way to pay homage to her and people like her.”
This Sunday The Leela Project and it’s upwards of 60 volunteers will begin its mission by providing food and each homeless person in attendance with the following:
- Sleeping bag
- Rain Coat/Umbrella
Though many donations have already been received, the Leela Project welcomes anyone else in the community who wants to come out and donate their time, any of the items above, or food for the homeless during the event, which will run until 5:00 p.m.
The official launch of The Leela Project as a non-profit will be on January 2, 2017 and the group is already planning future events to benefit foster kids, autism, childhood obesity, single mothers, and victims of sex trafficking. Those interested in keeping up with the project can do so by signing up for their newsletter at Sunday’s event, following them on Instagram at @TheLeelaProject or liking their Facebook Page. An official website will launch on January 2, 2017.