THE SCIENCE OF GIVING
On our adventures with Treeman we encounter many individuals who donate their time to help those in need. Volunteering makes you healthier, happier and when others see you giving, mirror neurons in their brain react so they feel joy too. Herein lies Lionel’s success with his Treeman character, teaching us through human interaction and compassion how we can change the world we live in.
TECHNOLOGY AND HUMANITY
Our mission with Treeman is to inspire a re-examination of our relationship to technology and each other. As we view the world through the lens of digital media it is all too easy to de-humanize those whose viewpoints we do not share as “other”, responding with outrage or even violence. Treeman’s message, “we are all reflections of nature,” comes when we need it most and Lionel’s story affords us a unique look into the world of America’s homeless, so often viewed as “other”.
BRIDGE OUT OF HOMELESSNESS
The 2018 Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Homeless Count Report found “almost half of people experiencing homelessness for the first time cited loss of employment or financial strain as the primary cause.” Sleeping in a tent on the streets is a short-term solution to catching up financially, but years later many are still un-housed. This often results in great costs to one’s physical health, mental health and to society. After a 20 year cycle of homelessness Lionel attempts to re-enter the work force and find housing with the help of the St. Joseph Center, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, Chrysalis Work Program, the Venice BID and more. Through Lionel’s story we hope to create learning opportunities that help others to cross the bridge out of homelessness.
Below are some of the organizations and individuals championed in our film who demonstrate the power of giving, click the links below to learn more. To participate go to our volunteer links, internships and Fallon pages.
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Treeman visits Millie of New Life Society as she feeds the hungry of Venice Beach 7 days a week
Kids at Venice Arts draw Treeman as a Comic Book Karma Super Hero for their art class
A DocumenTree and Sana Monica College volunteers at the Heal The Bay Clean Up