HELIX CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL - LA MESA
GROSSMONT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT
Since its inception, Helix Charter High School has allowed Brayden and Kelly to have multiple schoolwide donation drives every semester. Various clubs have joined in by adopting one of our projects, enabling us to increase our impact. We're very grateful to Mrs. Potter and Mrs. Bruflat for making PILT visible on campus, students and teachers who generously donate, and to our grade level advisors who support and sponsor our activities.
2021-2022 Fall Drive for Hygiene Products for Outreach
PILT's foray into the the Helix community started with a donation drive to make hygiene "care kits" for PATH.
Ms. Tina Colera's Art Club students painted and decorated boxes to use as welcome home "baskets" for those who are transitioning to living in a permanent home for the first time.
Cafeteria Food Rescue
PILT started its food rescue pilot program with the initiative of Ms. Aleen Jendian, the English Department Chair at Helix. Excess food items from the cafeteria were taken daily to PATH's interim facility through December 2021, then weekly to the veteran supportive housing site or one of the senior supportive housing sites.
Cafeteria food rescue has been suspended until Helix's cafeteria remodeling project has been completed.
Under the advisory of Ms. Skullerud, Helix Charter High School chapter of the Key Club held a drive for household and personal care items for PATH San Diego's supportive housing residents.
Helix, through the librarians Mrs. Potter and Mrs. Bruflat, donated over 6,000 cloth masks to PATH's outreach teams to be distributed throughout San Diego County.
2021-2022 Fall Drive for Gently-Used Clothes for Veterans
Many of PATH San Diego's veteran clients arrive with only a backpack. We collected 1,078 items of clothing over Veterans Day week for Veterans in transition.
2021-2022 Spring - Canned Food Drive for Veterans
169 cans of shelf-stable food were delivered to PATH San Diego's supportive housing site for formerly unhoused Veterans on April 4th.
2021 Christmas Dinner for Senior Residents at "Ivy"
Helix's (former) food services supervisor sponsored a festive holiday meal for seniors living with chronic medical conditions. He bought the ingredients, cooked the food, and served the meal to the residents alongside PILT members.
2021-2022 Summer - Luncheon for Veterans
In July, Brayden held a celebratory year-end luncheon for the 77 Veterans at their supportive housing site.
2022-2023 Fall Drive for those who are Unhoused and Newly-Housed
This schoolwide drive collected items for all eight PILT projects to assist PATH San Diego's clients, their gardens, and their pets. A total of 953 items were donated to the 7 supportive housing sites and the Homelessness Response Center.
2022-2023 Fall - Cleaning Supplies Drive for Veterans
When PATH's supportive housing site for formerly unhoused Veterans requested household cleaning supplies for residents, a schoolwide project collected 713 items for them.
The Environmental Club held a gently-used clothes sale and drive. We donated 566 items of gently used teen/young adult clothing to Sharia's Closet )to be distributed to foster youth through Just In Time for Foster Youth - San Diego) and 244 items of adult clothing to PATH San Diego.
ASIAN STUDENT ALLIANCE
The ASA Club held a winter clothing and canned food drive for PATH San Diego's clients.
2022-2023 Spring Drive for Unhoused Teens & Youth
PILT launched its pilot program to support unhoused and foster teens and youth through StandUp For Kids San Diego and the San Diego YMCA's Housing Our Youth program, at Helix. A total of 1014 hygiene, first aid, and snack items were distributed among teens living on the streets through StandUp For Kids outreach teams, and youth in emergency housing through Housing Our Youth. In addition, 450 items of dental hygiene products donated by La Mesa Dental were also delivered.
2023-2024 Holiday Blanket Collection Boxes for PATH
For the 3rd consecutive year the Art Club painted collection boxes for PATH San Diego's annual blanket drive.
2023-2024 Schoolwide Drive for Unhoused Teens & Youth
74 travel-size items of hygiene products were delivered to the executive director of StandUp For Kids on November 4.
2023-2024 Schoolwide Drive for Currently Unhoused & Formerly Unhoused Adults
224 items of regular sized hygiene products were delivered to formerly unhoused Veterans at PATH's supportive housing site on November 9.