We had the good fortune of connecting with JP Pollinger and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi JP, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing” – Theodore Roosevelt. I first heard this quote spoken by my favorite television character Leslie Knope from “Parks and Recreation.” As a servant leader, I have spent every day of my existence thinking of all the ways I could better serve my community: when I was 16 I became a Certified Nursing Assistant; after high school I shared stories of the human experience in order to inspire empathy in others by being a stage manager for theater; and now, I started a non-profit organization with the mission to provide mutual-aid, rehabilitation, and temporary housing to the unhoused and underserved. Serving communities of all kinds gives me the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
At the Resilient We Rise Coalition, we are on a mission to provide mutual-aid, rehabilitation, and temporary housing to underserved survivors in order to create a more compassionate world and end the disparagement of human rights. Our vision is for people of all backgrounds to have easy access to mental, physical, and emotional rehabilitation as well as access to temporary living facilities for the unhoused while they receive the necessary aid to help them return to a stable living environment. As the founder of this organization, I am most proud of the progress we’ve made in delivering solidarity packs and hygiene kits to our unhoused neighbors at parks and on the streets of Los Angeles. We focus on providing for those who aren’t already being cared for by larger organizations. As the pandemic continued to keep me away from my work in theaters, I thought to myself “how else can I help people right now?” That thought threw me back eleven years to my 12 year old self who had the dream of being able to get the unhoused into houses. I then told myself that there was no better time than now to follow that dream. So far the organization is only ~4 months old so our biggest challenge right now is waiting on our 501c3 tax-exempt application approval. Once we are approved, we can apply for grants as a charity to further our mission.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would spend the week with my friend visiting various hiking spots and beaches across Los Angeles. One of my favorite spots to visit would be this beach trail attached to a resort in Palos Verdes. The views are beautiful looking over the ocean. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Firstly, I want to send a shoutout to my mom for being such a wonderful, strong, and caring woman. She has supported me in my endeavors my whole life and I owe so much of who I am to her example. Then of course I’d like to shoutout to my close and extended family. Last but not least I’d like to shoutout my team at Resilient We Rise Coalition. I started this organization alone but as word spread about our mission, the people on my team jumped at the opportunity to be a part of the change they wanted to see.
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