Doris Presley is the Founder of DORIS CARES, a 501c, non-profit, volunteer-based organization whereby she has been committed to feeding the hungry in Los Angeles for over 40 years. Her selflessness is extensive.
She volunteered for Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition for 25 years as a chef and server and she received a Commendation from the Mayor of West Hollywood "for her selfless contributions and her tireless efforts to the GWHFC and helping those most in need."
Doris was awarded the first WALMART Community Playmakers Award for her life’s work of volunteerism for her community and it was a celebrated Red Carpet event at the Forum in Los Angeles.
For over 10 years and up until 2015, Doris organized and hosted with GWHFC, a special event at the House of Blues on Sunset, serving food while listening to Gospel.
She volunteers at Project Angel Food, an AIDS relief organization and Hope for the Homeless Youth, an organization dedicated to “Reaching The Hurting Youth of the Inner City”.
She worked as a chef for Marine Therapeutic Center where she also trained Special Needs students to develop kitchen skills, enabling them to obtain jobs in their communities. In 2014, Doris received the 20th Annual Appreciation Employee of the Year award at Marine Therapeutic Center.
Doris, along with Marine Rehabilitation school for special needs, trained 75 students at LAX Airport to organize, inventory and box hundreds of food donations from LAX's Restaurant Facilities. This food handling training by DORIS CARES enabled these students to obtain employment at the Veteran's Affairs Hospital in Westwood.
Even at age 90, there’s no slowing down for Doris, because not only has she put together an extensive list of food donors and eager recipients, she cooks the food as well. On a weekly basis, over 60 establishments, within LA, donate food to Doris, so kids, families and homeless, needn’t go to bed hungry.
Working through 12 churches as feeding centers, DC directly provides food to over 200 families in the Hispanic community on a weekly basis and this effort is all volunteer.
Doris is presently on a mission to help the homeless student population. There are approximately 1000 homeless USC students. Doris opened her home, pre-covid, to USC students for housing and LAX HILTON Hotel donated all bedding to DORIS CARES for this. This will continue when deemed safe with the CDC and disseminating to other homes and families to do the same.
Doris’s next passionate project is to stop the pollution of the environment with all the styrofoam that is being used daily to feed the homeless and hungry families. Environment: Citywide Homeless feeding centers use approximately 12,560,000 styrofoam plates a year. DORIS CARES wants to end that now with her present work on a Coalition of Green and Homeless.