Community Benefit Foundation
West Valley-Warner Center Chamber of Commerce

Community Benefit Foundation

The West Valley ~ Warner Center Chamber of Commerce Community Benefit Foundation, incorporated in 2011, is an extension of the West Valley ~ Warner Center Chamber of Commerce (here after referred to as The Foundation). The Foundation is a 501 C3 charitable foundation seeks to leverage the expertise of our diverse member ship to provide no or low cost assistance to our local community. The funds we raise help us educate our members as well as the residents of the greater West Valley community on how we can work towards a more prosperous community. These are the four basic goals of The Foundation:

  • Education: Adopt-A- School and Adult Business Education
  • Get Empowered ~ Get Employed: Job search workshops
  • The Valley Regional Forum: Public debates and recorded interviews of politicians
  • Community Beautification: Community Choice Awards and Community Cleanups

Education:
The Foundation’s The Education Committee has a vision to create a better place to learn and work for our community through collaborative efforts with business, community and educators.  The Education Committee plans and facilitates important programs annually. We have an Adopt-A-School Program, Adult Business Education such as workshops and more.  In addition we take the lead on educating the community at large concerning legislative issues. Recently we were honored to distribute a total of $1,750. in Art Grants to 6 local schools!

Get Empowered ~ Get Employed: The Foundation’s Get Empowered, Get Employed is a program for local job seekers and college applicants are educated in social media behavior, personal branding, resume building and job hunting practices. We provide seminars on job search strategies to interviewing techniques for people who are employed as well as those who, unfortunately are out of work and seek reentry into the workforce.

Valley Regional Forum: The Foundation partners with The Valley Regional Forum to produce public information videos on current events as well as in-depth interviews of politicians and public debates. We’ve recorded and produced interviewed Assembly Member Matt Dababneh (AD 45), Congressman Steve Knight (CD 25) and L.A. County Assessor Jeffrey Prang. The Valley Regional Forum has organized and mediated debate of candidates for California’s 30th Congressional District, L.A. County Board of Supervisors 3rd District, California’s 45th Assembly District and L.A. City Council 3rd District. Over the past four years we have produced 45 videos.    

Beautification: The Foundation’s Beautification Committee works on improving business districts within the West Valley and Warner Center area through alliances with the City of Los Angeles, local homeowners groups, and other government entities.  We have participated in and contribute to: Anti-graffiti projects, seasonal community clean-up, Reseda Holiday Lights, and many more community enhancement events. Recently, we have planted over 100 trees in Woodland Hills and Tarzana along Ventura Boulevard.

Summary: Since 2011, The Foundation has contributed funds totaling $91,126.08 to support the community.  These funds have targeted and underwritten specific events such as: Earth Day, Tree Planting, Community Disaster Preparedness Fairs, Career and Job Expos, Education and Art Grants, Internship facilitation, Legislative Education such as Candidate Forums  just to name a few. Checks totaling over $32,000 have been directly donated to Youth Organizations in the West Valley.

Your Beautification Committee organizes 10-12 community clean ups per year, arranges tree giveaways with local Neighborhood Councils and many other beautification efforts. 

Since 2013, the Community Choice Awards has awarded 30 businesses for aesthetic improvements, implementing sustainability and providing technological innovations to their tenants

Contact: Sean McCarthy 818-389-1876

 





 
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