Thursday, March 26, 2009

Cesar Chavez Community Service Week

                NEWS RELEASE            COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES 


Angie Castro, Supervisor Molina’s Office, (626) 350-4500 or

(213) 703-2823

Victoria Pipkin-Lane, Office of Workplace Programs,

(213) 974-2619


                                                                March 26, 2009





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 


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

Quartz Hill


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

Stevenson Ranch


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.

Los Angeles   


Pathfinder Community Regional Park      Paint an iron fence

18150 E. Pathfinder Rd.

Rowland Heights   


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

           Los Angeles                                                                                                                                                               

            Ruben F. Salazar Park                                Franklin D. Roosevelt Park                       

            3864 Whittier Blvd.                                       7600 Graham Ave.

            Los Angeles                                                  Los Angeles    


Department Contact:

Manny Moreno

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.



Department Contact:

Evelina Villa

(562) 256-1364



Public Library:


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.


Department Contact:

Kenneth Kramer

Volunteer Programs Director, Public Library

Telephone: (562) 940-8559

Fax: (562) 940-8466



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