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  • Venise Williams

    Journey House is a Lifeline for Many

    Venise Williams
    Permanente Human Resources Risk Manager, Walnut Center

    “I support Journey House because they serve former foster and probation youth whose needs often go unnoticed,” says Venise Williams, human resources risk manager, KPSC. Journey House is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for emancipated foster youth by offering supportive services as they transition to adult independence.

    “Many of us have adult children, and as any parent can attest, the support they need does not stop when they turn 18,” explains Williams. “Journey House provides the additional support that is needed to encourage these youth to pursue their often abandoned educational goals.  By paying for a required textbook, a much needed bus pass, or other registration or tuition costs, Journey House helps to remove barriers that might normally stop this group of young people from going to school.” more >

  • 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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    Frosted Faces Foundation is Giving Senior Dogs a Second Chance

    By: Hazel T. DeSoto, account administration representative, CSC Medicare, KP San Diego

    Meet Oreo, a blind, lovable dog that was taken to an animal shelter at the age of 13 to be euthanized due to old age. Fortunately, the shelter where Oreo was taken does not euthanize dogs for being old, and Oreo was given a second chance to have a loving family.

    We rescued Oreo on March 30, 2015 after a family friend saw him in a kennel and told us he was a “must have.” Now that we have Oreo, we know what she meant. Oreo melts right into your lap, but also likes to explore when he’s left alone. Even blind senior dogs can be as curious as puppies.

    While Oreo’s story has a happy ending, that is not always the case for senior dogs that are often deemed less adoptable and are the first to be put to sleep when the shelter needs more space to accommodate incoming dogs.

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