Palisadian Mom Launches Nonprofit to Promote Social Action

Local children work with Palisadian-founded nonprofit Ama-LA to bake cookies for veterans.
Photos by Rich Schmitt/Staff Photographer

By TRILBY BERESFORD | Reporter

“It’s like living in a beautiful, sunny bubble,” Meghan Wald told the Palisadian-Post, referring to life in Pacific Palisades with her husband and three sons.

“But our perspectives need to be challenged,” she emphasized. 

Committed to her children growing into balanced adults, Wald, a Colorado native and former Fox Sports reporter, seized an opportunity to make a difference in their lives, and in turn, the lives of many others. 

Earlier this year, she launched nonprofit Ama-LA, whose mission is to “strengthen and support LA’s nonprofits and promote understanding between LA’s disparate communities through social action.”

Ama-LA’s main objectives are direct service engagements, perspective expanding programming and advisory services in philanthropy and social responsibility.

“The model is open mindedness, inclusivity, integrity and humility,” Wald explained.

The organization’s latest engagement took place on Monday, Nov. 12, in support of Veteran’s Day.

“I debated whether to still hold it because of the fires,” Wald said, “but I decided, it’s Veteran’s Day and all the kids are out, we could provide some light.” 

The event was devoted to students in grade two through sixth learning about what Veteran’s Day is all about. As participants, the kids were able to bake cookies and deliver them to local veterans with personal notes attached. 

Ama-LA has many more upcoming projects, including a furniture drive to benefit families who have transitioned from homelessness into permanent housing. 

Clarifying that “ama” means love in several languages, Wald expressed her gratitude that this has come together in such a special way.

“I decided this is how I want to show up,” she said, determination audible in her voice. 

Visit ama-la.org for more information.