I want to take a moment to shine a beaming light onto the community leaders, community doers and community change makers that have come out in droves to put in the hard work and dedication needed to keep South LA strong during this dark time in history.
On Friday, April 17, at Vermont Square Park, we saw a few of these heavyweights in action once again. In partnership with Community Build, my Project Save team, Voices Neighborhood Council, and the Sam Simon Charitable Foundation, we were able to distribute bags of food, masks, hand sanitizers and coloring books for our young children. Throughout this public health emergency, we have collectively been able to provide thousands of bags of food and other essentials to District 9 families; and we could not be meeting the demand of the community without our valued partners.
Earlier in the week of April 13, Soledad Enrichment Action (SEA) began distributing food to youth ages 18 and younger. Through SEA's efforts, they have been able to serve over 300 children in a matter of days with the intent that our kids will have enough food to last them the entire week. Please see the flier below to learn more about this special program, which our community desperately needs.
I have always believed that our community groups and nonprofits are a shadow government and heavily relied on in District 9. I recognize their contribution to sustaining our community, which is why on April 17, I held a virtual community update meeting with leaders across the spectrum. From members of our Neighborhood Councils, nonprofit organizations and front line medical staff, we came together as one to hear and identify ways that we can stand as a united front against this pandemic.
These individuals have their hand on the pulse of what the dire needs of the community are and have taken the steps to ensure that our neighbors are taken care of. I could not be more proud of their work. I pledge to continue to work with these powerhouses so that our community knows that the best team is assembled, working around-the-clock, and will stop at nothing to lift our neighbors up during this international catastrophe.
If you need any resources, be it masks, meals for seniors, or have any other concern, don’t hesitate to reach out to my District Office at (323) 846-2651.
Keep your spirits up and take care of one another.