Haig “Hike” Mkhoian has a vision for a global awakening and does his part to set an example of how it is to come about. By profession, Hike is an arts curriculum development coordinator and a teacher at a private preschool in Studio City. When he is not educating young minds, he manages his own 501(c)3 nonprofit organization called Hike It Up!, which he founded in 2009. The mission of Hike It Up! is to bring communities and families together by producing progressive events and fundraisers that involve community based activities and improvement projects that serve youth, family, individual, environmental, and school-based programs.
Hike has made a great impact on the Los Angeles community. He teaches by being a role model and coordinated a volunteer day to clean McArthur Park. He said that he realized when the project began that it would probably be filled with trash the following day but that for one day it would be clean and so it was worth the effort. When he first started his non-profit, Hike had a vision of one thousand people each giving $5.00, and with that they could renovate a shelter. More realistically, he found thirty people willing to give $5.00 each and said they still managed to do a lot. He has a vision for Global Awakening in which everyone is aware of what is needed and each one does a little bit to make it happen.
Hike’s charisma, positive attitude and outgoing personality have influenced others to volunteer and give where they can. Hike started volunteering with GSC in April of 2011 and in May he and his group of volunteers hosted a Mother’s Day luncheon for all the women. He hosted a Valentine party, an Easter party and cooked breakfast at our emergency shelter. Hike spent the summer in Italy but returned a few days before the Labor Day weekend to provide a barbecue for the women living at Languille Emergency Shelter. He will return later this month to cook breakfast for them. He gives credit to the many volunteers he recruits for these events. One of the volunteers that Hike recruited was afraid of going to a shelter but after volunteering at GSC, realized the joy she received from being of service.
Since establishing this partnership with GSC, Hike devotes an average of 15 volunteer hours per month, both onsite and offsite, to educate the community about Good Shepherd Center, and plan events to benefit the women and children. Not only has GSC gained several new volunteers as a result of his efforts, but we have found a new friend in Hike.