From Big Films to the Front Lines – Hollywood Movie Director volunteers in the Los Angeles Community

By: Lyle Greene

William Paul Clark is an established and prominent Hollywood movie director. He’s worked alongside Quentin Tarantino as his Assistant Director on multiple films. He knows well that movie projects come and go. For months or more, he’ll work tirelessly directing, editing, and producing a movie. Once it’s finished, there’s no telling when his next call to make a movie will be. Then what? Recently, this question struck William more prominently than it had in years past.

After his last movie project, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, released at the end of 2019, William found himself with ample free time. He craved something to fulfill his days. That’s when he had an idea—he wanted a way to brighten his day while simultaneously brightening those of others. He decided to volunteer.

With a passion for sports and a belief in the benefits they have for youth, William searched the internet and discovered Coaching Corps. He was looking forward to coaching a youth sports team in Los Angeles. But then, COVID-19 happened, and coaching was off the table.

That’s when William received a call to action from Coaching Corps. He could still volunteer and impact his community, but in a different way. Coaching Corps had quickly responded to the urgent needs of children and families living in the low-income communities it serves who were most impacted by the societal impacts of COVID-19. The organization had switched from recruiting volunteers to be sports coaches to recruiting volunteers to help distribute much-needed food and supplies to these families.

A global pandemic wasn’t going to stop William from volunteering—the timing and his desire to help aligned. He answered the call from Coaching Corps by signing up at not one, but three volunteer sites.

 The first assignment was at Project Angel Food. William sorted, packaged, and distributed meals to those most in need. He served senior citizens, children, and middle-aged people who recently lost their jobs. Describing his experience, he said, “The volunteers are the true warriors who are helping each other—they are the cream of the crop. And the people receiving food are always grateful. A lot of them lost their jobs and there’s a sad vibe as they drive up. You want to hug them, but you can’t.” This inspired William to extend his helping hand.

After Project Angel Food, he signed up for Meals on Wheels. William delivered meals and groceries to vulnerable senior citizens in the Los Angeles area. He also volunteered at the American Red Cross where he checked the temperatures of each person donating much-needed blood to COVID-19 patients.

Since the pandemic started, William has volunteered nearly every day, serving hundreds of people, finding these opportunities through Coaching Corps’ community response resources at www.CoachingCorps.org.

This Hollywood director wants to make sure this story has a good ending: “There’s goodness in the world—it’s such a highlight to see people help each other out. There are so many heroes willing to step up.”

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