HOLLYWOOD, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Even the most cursory glance tells the story of a Hollywood Boulevard losing its luster.
On Wednesday night, the nonprofit Hollywood Partnership opened its new community dispatch center, part of an experiment that could have implications for Los Angeles.
The dispatch center is a cooperative effort among a group of nonprofit organizations. People in Hollywood can call or text a number to get trash cleaned up, graffiti painted over, or even to give directions to someone who's lost.
"That takes some of the load off the police department," LAPD Capt. Ray Valois said.
In a sense, the dispatch center is just like a police department, but instead of officers, volunteers respond to calls for service.
"If someone's lying in the street, you don't necessarily call the police. but you can call us," said Kathleen Rawson of the Hollywood Partnership. "And we can send someone out to engage that person, and try to get them the help they need."
It brings together people with expertise in different areas, who share in common a desire to serve the community.
"This is one example of that collaboration," said L.A. City Councilman Hugo Soto-Martinez. "If we are truly going to solve these issues, we're going to need everyone working together."
The dispatch center is funded by $250,000 grant from Los Angeles County, and if it's successful it could open in wide release throughout the city of Los Angeles.
The dispatch center can be reached by phone 24 hours a day at (833) HLY-WOOD, or (833) 459-9663.