Stella's Socks is a registerd 501c3, started by 8th-grader, Stella Vaughan Verk and her dad, Jonathan. Every year, the organization delivers socks to over 100k homeless and homeless youth in Los Angeles. We organize a 'Sock Sesh' every month, allowing other kids and youth from the community an opportunity to participate in service and experience the rush of doing good and 'giving back'.
LA2050 is an initiative driving and tracking progress toward a shared vision for the future of Los Angeles. They worked with the LA2050 community to develop five broad, aspirational goals to reach their shared vision.
Stella's Socks has committed to make LA the best place to connect, where every resident has the opportunity and tools to engage and interact with other Angelenos, and is empowered to contribute meaningfully to civic life.
There will be 5 winners of the challenge and each get $100,000 for 2 years to help activate their initiatives. If Stella's Socks is chosen as one of the winners, it will greatly help the community connect, inspire youth to volunteer, and help our homeless population find shelter for their feet and get back on their feet!
See our profile and vote when voting opens up on June 19th! We are so grateful for your support and together we can make a difference.
There are over 54,000 homeless and homeless youth on the streets of Los Angeles.
That's why Stella’s Socks works with leading community organizations, homeless shelters, food banks, religious centers and family clinics to distribute 100,000 pairs of socks to those in need.
Every day more than 50,000 homeless and homeless youth feel the impact of poverty. Without food, shelter, access to basic health & hygiene or meaningful human interaction, many end up on the streets. They are our mothers, our fathers, our children and the elderly. They are our neighbors, coworkers and friends.
Harsh conditions can lead to chapped, bruised and blistered feet, which makes reaching food banks and shelters difficult.
Stella’s Socks has partnered with leading sock manufacturers like BOMBAS to deliver socks to a sophisticated network of local and regional community organizations, homeless shelters, food banks, religious centers and family clinics working on the front lines and addressing poverty and homelessness.
We are always looking to partner with companies looking to change the world. If you are a sock company, have access to socks or would like to partner with us to change the world, we'd love to hear from you!
Stella’s Socks was launched in 2017 after daughter/dad team, Stella Vaughan-Verk (13) and Jonathan Verk (42) spent Sundays volunteering in a local shelter making lunches for homeless and homeless youth in Santa Monica. It was clear to them that without socks, their fellow Angelinos would suffer injuries and foot-related pain that make it difficult- if not impossible- to reach the facilities and shelters that offer them food, support and community.
Jonathan is a recovering media guy and cofounder of social impact startup, coParenter, a platform for separating, divorced and never married parents to help them save money, stay out of court and make better decisions for their kids. More importantly, he is Stella’s dad.
Stella is a student at LA’s Westside Neighborhood School. She is an avid dancer and community activist having lead several high-profile initiatives including ‘Bike with Mike’ with LA Councilman, Mike Bonin.
Emmy is a marketing coordinator with a start up as well as an accomplished personal trainer with a corporate sales background. She is dedicated to making a difference in her community and manages all operations for Stella's Socks, so if you're looking to volunteer with us or need socks for your organization, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Your generous gift will help us fund our mission to help those in need. Together, we can make a difference.