Featured non-profits in Big Heart Small Film are nine Pasadena-area groups dedicated to pressing societal issues such as environmental preservation, youth support, poverty, education, and community building.  



AbilityFirst provides a variety of programs designed to help people with disabilities achieve their personal best throughout their lives.  We do this by: creating targeted programming to help an individual successfully transition from childhood to adult life; providing employment preparation, training, and experience; building social connections and independence; and, offering both our participants and their caregivers an opportunity to refresh and recharge through our recreational activities.

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Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy

The Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy (AFC) seeks to preserve pockets of wild lands and to bring people to these lands to build appreciation for the wilderness. AFC employs an innovative method of land stewardship across all its properties, pursuing the purchase of high priority properties, raising funds from government grants, community organization grants and individual donors. 

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Five Acres

Established in Los Angeles in 1888, Five Acres is a child and family service agency ensuring every child has a safe, healthy, and permanent family solution. Five Acres offers a full continuum of care including community-based counseling, intensive residential care, a therapeutic school for special needs students and foster care and adoption services. Currently, Five Acres serves more than 8,700 children and their families across five counties. 


Flintridge Center

Flintridge Center creates opportunities for individuals to become contributing and self-sufficient community members. These individuals range from middle school youth at risk of dropping out of school to formerly incarcerated and gang-impacted adults. Flintridge aims to break the cycle of poverty and community violence by providing hope and help to those who need it most. 

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Huntington Senior Care Network

Huntington Senior Care Network is a nationally recognized program that has helped older adults and adults with disabilities and their families remain healthy and independent since 1984. Senior Care Network is a department of Pasadena’s Huntington Hospital, a 625-bed non-profit community hospital that provides a full range of medical services from basic health care to highly specialized programs. 

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Pasadena Playhouse

For over 100 years, the Pasadena Playhouse’s mission has been to enrich people’s lives through theater, community programs and learning. As the state theater of California, the Playhouse is one of the most prolific theaters in American history with a legacy of profound theatrical impact and courageous new work. 


Pasadena Police Activities League (PAL)

Since 1997, PAL has offered an array of after-school and full-day summer activities designed to enhance the educational, athletic, and artistic experience of young people often with limited resources. PAL’s goal is to reach youth at an early age in support of their development by fostering positive relations between youth and the police department, and with government figures, while providing a safe and stable environment to do homework, boost socialize and participate in structured leadership activities that develop sustaining life-skills.

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Professional Child Development Associates

Professional Child Development Associates offers a range of specialized therapy services and programs for children, teens, and young adults who have autism or other developmental disabilities. PCDA uses a developmental, relationship-based approach to care that involves the family in all aspects of intervention. PCDA also offers education and training for professionals locally and internationally. 

Union Station

Union Station Homeless Services is committed to helping homeless individuals and families rebuild their lives. Union Station Homeless Services is part of a group of human services agencies in Los Angeles Country that are leading the way to ending homelessness in our community. Their services include street outreach, intake/assessment, care coordination and navigation, meals, shelter, housing, employment development, benefits enrollment, and referrals to medical and mental health services.