L.A. Works Insider August/September 2012    
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Steel Magnolias on Stage
 
Sunday, September 9th at 6:00 p.m. at the Broad Theater
Four Things Productions in association with L.A. Works presents an all-star cast for this 25th anniversary reading.
Fall Internships
 
Join a dynamic team of do gooders contributing your skills and gaining new ones. ooking for administrative coordinators, public speakers, relationship builders, project managers, and more!
 
THANKS
L.A. Works Day Corporate Sponsors
 
 
 
 
 
 
AND
 
Figueroa Produce
Trader Joes
AMC Theaters
 The Fabiolus Cafe
21 Choices Frozen Yogurt
 
A New Baby is In Town
Congratulations to our Executive Director, Debbie Brutchey, on the July 19th birth of her first child, Lilly Mae Brutchey!
 
 
L.A. Works Day Rings In Success!
On July 21st the Los Angeles Fire Department welcomed hundreds of the best volunteers in Los Angeles to the fire department’s historic Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center in Elysian Park for beautification and restoration. >>Read about the day's successes
 
 
Service Crawl LA: Take Your Mark
Competitive volunteering made a return this year at the 2nd Annual Service Crawl on July 21st, adding an adventurous tone to L.A. Works Day.

With hundreds of volunteers cheering them on, 25 Crawlers took their marks at the Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center decked out in their individually painted t-shirts, ready to solve their first clue to lead them to their first destination. >>Read about the race results

 

 
9/11 Day of Service
Join L.A. Works at the L.A. Fire Department's historic Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center, home to the largest 9/11 Memorial on the West Coast for a day of remembrance, community spirit and service. Working side-by-side with the firemen we'll maintain the extensive grounds of the Training Center by weeding, landscaping and spreading mulch.
>>Sign up online so you don't miss out!
 

 
Service Enterprise Initiative
Through a grant sponsored by CaliforniaVolunteers, the service department through the governor's office, L.A. Works has been called upon to lead a Service Enterprise Initiative in Los Angeles. The Service Enterprise model allows organizations to better leverage their volunteer base in more effective and sustainable ways in order to increase their capacity for good in the community. L.A. Works will be working with a select group of nonprofits in this innovative pilot program to become certified Service Enterprises and pioneers of this initiative.
 
 
Learn more about the Corps.  
A Just Partnership
JusticeCorps, an AmericCorps program of the Los Angeles Superior Court, not only strives to provide people with access to justice, but also promotes the core qualities of service.  A partnership with L.A. Works seemed only natural with a new opportunity offered to their members to participate in L.A. Works' year-round Project Leadership program. As Leaders, Corps members will develop and enhance leadership, volunteer management, conflict resolution and project management skills by leading groups of volunteers at on-going community service projects that further the missions of Los Angeles nonprofits.
 
 

 
Refine Your Executive  Skills
The Wells Fargo Executive Director Leadership Institute (EDLI) is a unique year-round program that provides practical teachings and customized executive coaching to help guide organizations toward greater success and sustainability.
 
EDLI offers the opportunity for experienced executive directors or CEOs to benefit from a holistic, integrated leadership development program.
 
Program begins October 31st. Application deadline is September 21st. For more information, contact Allison Celosia, ESC Program Associate. 
 
Call to Action

 
Olympic Spirit Lives On
With all of the time spent on the field, in the pool or at the gym, did you know that many Olympians also have their own foundations and nonprofit organizations? The most decorated Olympian of all time, swimmer Michael Phelps created the Michael Phelps Foundation, to promote healthy and active lifestyles. Gold medalist snowboarder, Hannah Teter, founded Hannah's Gold aiming to generate funds for clean water in Kenya. Like L.A. Works, initiatives like these need funding and support to continue!
 
Though we can't all be Olympians, we can certainly all serve and donate like champions. Find out how you can be a champion in your community by leading service projects or showing your support by donating dollars to keep our communities alive.
 
  
 
Projects Supporting Our Youth
With the start of the school year, we can't help but think about the educational successes of our youth.
 
With four new L.A. Works projects working with youth in diverse ways, we can get closer to ensuring our young generation is prepared for their futures. 
 
What: GET ACTIVE: Athletic Activities with Special Needs Youth
When: Sunday 9/9, 1:00p.m.-3:30p.m.
Where: West LA
 
WhatEMPOWERING YOUTH: Computer Skills For Teens 
When: 2nd & 4th Tuesday, 6:00p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Launch Date: September 11th
Where: North Hollywood
 

What: HIGH FIVE: Tutoring Elementary Students
When: 1st & 3rd Thursday, 3:30p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Launch Date: September 20th
Where: Glendale

What: EMPOWERING YOUTH: Building Lifeskills For Teens 
When: 2nd & 4th Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Launch Date: September 26th
Where: South L.A.
 
 
BusinessWorks Buzz
 
 
  DirectTV Places Local Charter School Under Its Wing
On August 1st, L.A. Works and 100 DirectTV employees joined forces at Bright Star Secondary Academy in El Segundo, where students are inspired to follow their dreams no matter their circumstances.
 
DirectTV employees participated in a variety of projects including transforming the school's "Garden of the Stars" into a flourishing vegetable and flower garden and custom-painting all the doors on campus. Volunteers also painted murals in various play areas to brighten up the learning atmosphere.
 

  The Jonathan Club Invests in Local Parenting Resource Center
The Early Childhood Parenting Center (ECPC) has quietly pursued its mission to help parents facilitate a healthy early developmental period for children since its inception in 1970.
 
With the inspiration of ECPC's "wish list" more than 40 Jonathan Club (JC) volunteers transformed the facility on August 25th, installing planters in the front yard, cleaning and organizing play areas, painting stairways, and providing kid-friendly play equipment.
 
 
 
How to Get Your Company Involved
We hope you enjoy how easy it is to volunteer through L.A. Works, now, why not include your colleagues in the mix? Whether you are a part of a company of 25 or 25,000, we want to help you help them make a difference. For more information on ways we work with our corporate partners, visit our website.
 
Volunteer Spotlight
 
Volunteer Spotlight: Jo Andrea Napoli
Jo Andrea recently graduated from UC Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Italian Studies. As the Fall Marketing Coordinator Intern, she works to keep the L.A. Works community informed and connected through a variety of ways.  She was first drawn to the non-profit scene through her interest in medicine after a wonderful experience working with a medical-based nonprofit. With new ambitions to pursue a path in marketing, she jumped on the opportunity to join the cause at L.A. Works. The chance at seeing the inner workings of a nonprofit will allow her to "engage on a deeper level," she says. "I love that I get to learn more about marketing and skills I hope to use in the future." And the best part? Jo Andrea gets to do it with a heart filled with philanthropy. "I hope to stay involved and perhaps team up with L.A. Works in the future!” Welcome aboard, Jo Andrea!
 
 
 
Thank You Summer Interns
Our core group of Summer interns contributed an amazing amount of energy, passion and hard work to a variety of programs from project leadership and nonprofit partnerships to operations and event planning. You left lasting marks and you’ll truly be missed! A huge thanks to all of you! We'll miss you and hope you'll stay in touch!

 
 
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