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    Mental Health Advocacy is a Big Part of My Life

    By: Lynsey Saurenmann, coordinator, Population Management Support, Woodland Hills

    Over the last 10 years, I have been fortunate to learn how to manage my own depression and recognize signs and symptoms in myself and others. As a licensed vocational nurse, I strive to help others as much as possible, especially regarding mental health topics.

    In March 2017, I lost my best friend to complications that occurred due to a suicide attempt. I knew her for 19 years. She was a beautiful person and an even better friend. The hole left behind by her departure from this world will never be filled. In her honor, I continue to fight for mental health awareness, education, research, and treatment.

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  • Alex Wiggins

    Help Provide Leadership Skills to Young Cadets

    “I support the Cadet Character and Leadership Foundation(CCLF), which provides low-income Civil Air Cadets with scholarships for leadership and training programs. The CCLF makes it possible for young people to gain experience and learn leadership skills from their instructors,” says Alexandra Wiggins, Director of Nursing Services at the Los Angeles Medical Center.

    “I benefited from similar life experiences that gave me the leadership skills to be successful in life, now it is our opportunity to support our future leaders,” adds Alexandra.

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  • Kelly Eom

    Turning Lives Around through CGC

    “The organization I support is Covenant House California (CHC), a non-profit agency that reaches out to at-risk homeless youth living on the streets and gives them an opportunity to turn their lives around,” says Kelly Eom, M.H.A., Clinical Strategic Goals group leader and improvement advisor at Kaiser Permanente’s Orange County Medical Center.

    “Today’s youth are our future leaders, and Covenant House is working to support and help our most vulnerable young adult population,” adds Eom. “Covenant House is giving our youth hope, helping them find their purpose, giving them a hand when there is no one to turn to and nowhere to go. CHC gives them a chance at a life worth living.”

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    I Contribute to Support Organizations I Believe In

    By: Jennifer S. Lopez, community benefit health manager, Woodland Hills Medical Center

    The two organizations I support through the Community Giving Campaign are The Social Justice Fund and Meet Each Need With Dignity (MEND). The Social Justice Fund is a social change, grant-making, and educational organization created and guided by Ventura County donors, and Pacoima-based MEND is powered by volunteers who provide basic human needs to vulnerable populations. While I contribute to these organizations financially, they also give a lot to me in return.

    My donation to The Social Justice Fund allows me to participate in a Giving Circle, a form of participatory philanthropy where, together with other individuals, we pool our contributions and decide on how to allocate the funds. This allows me to increase my awareness of and engagement in community issues.

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    Giving Back to Support Free Summer Concerts in Downtown LA

    Debbie Hernandez, regional community and government relations consultant, supports Grand Performances through Community Giving Campaign because it is one of L.A.’s rare gems. Read her first-person account below:

    “I first learned about this group through a friend who encouraged me to attend one of the free concerts presented by Grand Performances at least ten years ago.  The concert was fabulous! But I was completely overwhelmed with emotion to see people of every age, ethnicity, socio-economic, and cultural background enjoying music, the universal language, together. more >

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