NEWS RELEASE COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES
Angie Castro, Supervisor Molina’s Office, (626) 350-4500 or
Victoria Pipkin-Lane, Office of Workplace Programs,
March 26, 2009
EIGHTH ANNUAL CESAR CHAVEZ COMMUNITY SERVICE WEEK MARCH 30 – APRIL 3
County Employees Focus on Community Service Projects
“Helping and Serving Others” is this year’s theme for the County of Los Angeles’ Eighth Annual Cesar Chavez Community Service Week, set for March 30 to April 3. During the week, County employees will volunteer in the community, raise food for needy families, and offer free cultural events at several County parks and libraries.
“Following Cesar’s example of service to others, we established the County’s Annual Cesar Chavez Community Service Week in 2002 to celebrate the legacy of this American hero by offering County employees an opportunity to give back instead of taking a day off,” said Supervisor Gloria Molina, who spearheaded the annual program. “Last year our employees helped with numerous community projects and raised almost 23,000 pounds of food for needy families.”
The food drive, which began March 23 and ends on April 3, is conducted in partnership with the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, with collection of food items at 234 sites.
Free public events during Community Service Week include:
- March 25, 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.: Cesar Chavez Birthday Celebration, City Terrace Library, 4025 E. City Terrace Dr., Los Angeles.
- March 26, 3:30 p.m.: Celebrate Cesar Chavez! Art Project for Teens, Anthony Quinn Library, 3965 Cesar Chavez Ave., Los Angeles.
- March 28, 2-3 p.m.: Celebrate Cesar Chavez’ Life and Values, Live Oak Library, 4153-55 E. Live Oak Ave., Arcadia.
- March 30, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.: Cesar Chavez Birthday Party with Trio Monte Carlo, East Los Angeles Library, 4837 E. Third St., Los Angeles.
- April 4, 10 a.m.: United Farm Workers 11th Annual Cesar Chavez Walk, Olvera Street, 125 Paseo de la Plaza, Los Angeles. (For information, call (323) 264-2700 ext. 203 or log on to www.ufwfoundation.org/events/walk.html.)
Among the projects that volunteers will be involved in will be community garden, tree planting and beautification projects; beach clean-up; library children readings, tutoring and assistance; cleaning enclosures at animal shelters and walking/playing with dogs/cats; and community-based opportunities with United Way of Greater Los Angeles, Brotherhood Crusade and Volunteers of East L.A.
The County is also sponsoring the Youth Visual/Literacy Arts Contest, which celebrates Chavez’ love for the arts, and provides an opportunity for artistic expression based on Chavez’ core values of family, community, service, education, justice, and equality. Youths aged 12 to 18 at Barry J. Nidorf, Los Padrinos and Central Juvenile Halls will participate in activities as part of the observance of Cesar Chavez Community Service Week.
At the Barry J. Nidorf facility, youth will participate in an inspirational writing contest and compete in a unit clean-up contest. At Los Padrinos, events include reading, tutoring, arts and craft sessions, drawing contest, speakers and Folklorico dancers; while at Central the youth will create a Cesar Chavez historical timeline using photographs, and contribute to an art display and writing contest.
“It is important that our youth be a part of this worthwhile community service week so that they too learn about Cesar Chavez values of service to others,” said Supervisor Molina.
Editors: These activities will provide opportunities to interview volunteers and take photos:
- March 30 - April 3, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., park beautification projects at Ruben F. Salazar Park, Franklin D. Roosevelt Park, Washington Park, all in Los Angeles; and Adventure Park, Whittier.
- March 30 - April 3, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., assisting with after-school programs at El Cariso Park, Sylmar; Jackie Robinson Park, Littlerock; and Loma Alta Park, Altadena.
- March 30 - April 3, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., painting iron fence, Pathfinder Community Regional Park, Rowland Heights.
- April 3, 9 a.m.-1 .pm.: Beach Clean-up Day, Dockweiler State Beach, 8255 Vista del Mar, Playa del Rey.
- April 3, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Community Service Day sponsored by Volunteers of East Los Angeles (VELA). Meet at 9 a.m. at 4620 East Third St., L.A. 90022. (323) 263-4462.
Department of Parks and Recreation:
Volunteers will plant flowers and vegetables, perform light landscaping duties, paint park walls, assist with after-school programs and other activities at the various park locations.
Volunteers will be assigned to work at any one of the 19 parks listed below. Their locations are:
Location Assigned Activities
Castaic Sports Complex Assist with the setup for youth and adult sports
31230 N. Castaic Rd. and various other activities
Chesebrough Park Assist with the setup of youth sports, after
23505 Sunset Hills Dr. school programs and other activities
George Lane Gym Assist with the setup of sports programs
5520 West Ave. L-8
Pearblossom Park Assist with arts and crafts and other activities
33922 North 121th St. East
Richard Rioux Park Assist with the setup of youth sports, after-
26233 West Faulkner Dr. school programs and other activities
Sorensen Park Assist with the setup and cleanup for events
16801 East Ave. P and computer updating duties
Lake Los Angeles
Santa Fe Dam Assist with park beautification tasks
15501 East Arrow Hwy.
Earvin “Magic” Johnson Park Paint shade shelters
905 East El Segundo Blvd.
Pathfinder Community Regional Park Paint an iron fence
18150 E. Pathfinder Rd.
Volunteers will be assigned to assist with after-school programs and other activities at the following park locations:
El Cariso Park George Lane Park
13100 Hubbard St. 5520 West Ave. L-8
Sylmar Quartz Hill
Crescenta Valley Park Loma Alta Park :
3901 Dunsmore Ave. 3330 North Lincoln Ave.
La Crescenta Altadena
Assist with the Tiny- Assist with after-school basketball
Tot programs programs
Jackie Robinson Park Val Verde Park 8773 East Avenue R 30300 West Arlington Road
Littlerock 93543 Val Verde 91384
Llandscape/gardening Assist with arts and crafts
Landscape, gardening and wall painting assignments will take place at the following park locations:
Washington Park (Florence-Firestone Adventure Park (Southeast)
District) 10130 South Gunn Ave.
8908 South Maie Ave. Whittier
Ruben F. Salazar Park Franklin D. Roosevelt Park
3864 Whittier Blvd. 7600 Graham Ave.
Los Angeles Los Angeles
Phone: (213) 738-2987
Office Fax: (213) 738-6444
Department of Animal Care and Control:
Volunteer opportunities are available on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at the six County animal shelters. Activities include dog and cat socializing (walking/playing), cleaning animal enclosures, and helping with laundry.
The locations, site coordinators, contact numbers and available times are:
Downey Sgt. Paul Webb (562) 940-9020
11258 S. Garfield Ave. 12 p.m – 7 p.m.
Carson Gil Moreno (310) 527-5145
216 W. Victoria St. 12 - 7 p.m.
Baldwin Park Sgt. Christina Fuentes (Tues./Wed.)
4275 N. Elton St. (626) 430-2363; Sgt. Chris Childs
Baldwin Park (626) 430-2362; 12 - 7 p.m.
Lancaster Cesar Chavez (661) 974-8358
5210 W. Avenue I 12 – 7 p.m.
Castaic Sgt. Lisa Eldridge (661) 702-7098
31044 N. Charlie Canyon Rd. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Agoura Sgt. Fred Agoopi (818) 706-5898
29525 Agoura Rd. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The focus of this year’s volunteer activities in the County Library will afford County employees a well-rounded opportunity to work across a number of library adult, youth, and children’s service tasks.
· Library Volunteer (Monday – Friday, 2 – 5 p.m.)
Volunteers will work with one of the library staff, cleaning, sorting and shelving books and magazines, “shelf reading” and straightening, assisting children at the Homework Help Center, helping prepare crafts for community children’s art projects, and assisting children’s librarian staff to read to children during storytime.
Volunteer Programs Director, Public Library
Telephone: (562) 940-8559
Fax: (562) 940-8466