I am re-directing $100,000 from my office’s discretionary funds to support local nonprofits helping those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. I have created a grant program that will not only allow me to directly provide funding to critical non-profits but will enable me to solicit additional public and private funding for them.There are so many folks in the West Valley struggling right now, and our local nonprofits are stepping up in amazing ways to address food insecurity, senior programming, and housing aid. Unfortunately during this pandemic, the needs are spiking at the very same time when traditional funding sources and volunteers are more limited.I’ve already selected four nonprofits to receive $10,000 grants:West Valley Food Pantry, Guadalupe Community Center, West Valley Family YMCA, and ONEgeneration.If you know a nonprofit helping West Valley families affected by the pandemic, please share this message with them.Apply to be eligible for a grant here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/14TPMtJFjsmEHLSCI9wbmVCH0WG0U4Ws9NEJmIgOL6s4/viewform?edit_requested=true.I will be sharing these grant applications with local Neighborhood Councils, public donors, and private donors in the hopes that more funds can be raised.
On Wednesday, April 15, I hosted a telephone town hall with local experts to share valuable information about COVID-19 emergency response efforts.
We were joined by experts:
Dr. Eric Snyder, MD, Medical Director of Emergency Services at Providence Cedar Sinai- Tarzana Medical Center
Catherine Grooms, MBA, Director of the Small Business Development Center at College of the Canyons
Together they offered a local medical update and explore what financial assistance is available for impacted local business owners and folks recently unemployed. Please check out a recording of our community town hall by clicking the image below.
As always for most up-to-date information, please check the LA County Department of Public Health website as well at the city’s COVID-19 portal at https://corona-virus.la/. Also, please go to my website to get local updates, tips, and critical announcements: http://blumenfield.lacity.org/.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we all need to help each other. I have set up a community form to connect West Valley residents to outstanding local nonprofits in dire need of volunteers and donors.
If you’re interested in helping, click here to start your form and you'll be connected to a volunteer or donation coordinator.
If you and a friend are interested in activities such as donating canned foods or supplies to a nearby food pantry, or volunteering your time to call a senior, deliver food, or help in other ways, this is a great opportunity to make a difference during this difficult time. All volunteers will work in environments that maintain social distancing protocols and donors will be informed about how to safely drop off supplies. Nonprofits include West Valley Food Pantry, ONEgeneration Senior Enrichment Center, Family Rescue Center, Guadeloupe Center, Pierce College Student Food Pantry, United Methodist Church, and Hope of the Valley
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We have seen the coronavirus pandemic cause a whirlwind of cancellations, stock market swings, and a sense of growing fear in our community. Although the City of LA does not have jurisdiction over Public Health, my office is doing everything we can to keep members of the community informed and healthy during this trying time.
My staff and I understand this may be a frightening time, but we are always ready to assist and support you. Please take a moment to watch this video recorded on March 20, 2020 for seniors in the West Valley. To learn more about available resources for seniors please visit ONEgeneration Senior Enrichment Center and Food Bank (818.705.2345) and try out Los Angeles Public Library "Libby" App for Borrowing e-Books.
Please be sure to also watch my video featuring my Top Ten Tips to Prevent Coronavirus.
Per the Governor's Executive Orders and new protocols for the City of Los Angeles, my office has established new practices to continue to serve you while social distancing, listed below:
- For the foreseeable future, my staff and I are closing the District Office in the West Valley Municipal Building to the public but will still engage with constituents over phone calls, video calls, or emails. In-person appointments will still be available upon request. Please call 818.774.4330 to speak with my staff, or email me at [email protected]
- To reduce large gatherings, all upcoming group events are cancelled until further notice.
- Some of my staff are voluntarily telecommuting or may choose to self quarantine in an abundance of caution, however both my District and City Hall Offices are remaining open.
- My staff and I will continue serving the West Valley and work hard to hit our goals on projects and initiatives, whether from home or in the office.
- Members of my team and I are actively receiving updates on coronavirus from health officials at the LA County Health Department.
- While most committee meetings have been cancelled, I am meeting regularly with City officials to ensure the City work gets done and will be participating in all scheduled Council meetings.
Please call 2-1-1 to speak with a LA County Health Services official about Coronavirus in LA, visit publichealth.lacounty.gov, and sign up for NotifyLA to receive the latest updates and emergency alerts.