Our Mission

Las Candalistas — “The Candle Lighters” — is a nonprofit philanthropic organization committed to Los Angeles County’s South Bay community. Our mission is to promote the health and well-being of our South Bay children and environment and help ensure a bright future for both. We do this by raising funds to support institutions that share these objectives, collecting items for their wish lists and volunteering.

Do you want to make a difference in our local communities? Join our congenial group of capable, caring and energetic members or donate now. Together we can do so much!

Our History

In 1967, an enterprising group of women formed a nonprofit auxiliary to help raise funds for the Child Guidance Clinic of the South Bay Children’s Health Center in Torrance, California. Because their original fundraising effort was selling beeswax candles, they decided to call themselves “Las Candalistas” — The Candle Lighters.

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Our Philanthropies

For nearly 50 years Las Candalistas has benefited children and the environment in the Los Angeles South Bay community through its dedicated fundraising activities. Since we began in 1967, we’ve donated millions of dollars to carefully researched local philanthropies that match our two focus areas.

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