Community Benefit Foundation
2013 Community Benefit Foundation Chair Paul Lawler (818)222-8222 firstname.lastname@example.org
“The mission of the Foundation is to benefit the West Valley Communities at large in the areas of education and beautification.
The Woodland Hills ~ Tarzana Chamber of Commerce Community Benefit Foundation, incorporated in 2011, is an extension of the West Valley ~ Warner Center Chamber of Commerce. This foundation was created to further the Chamber’s mission. The Community Benefit Foundation has a 501 C3 Charitable Nonprofit status that was created to strengthen our ability to raise funds. These funds have benefited our foundation’s effort to educate our business community and to offer educational events and programs to the youth within our community. The beautification funds are used to increase desirability of the areas in which our businesses are and where the employees and families of these businesses work, live and play.
Since 2011, The Woodland Hills~Tarzana Chamber of Commerce Community Benefit Foundation has initiated events and directly contributed funds 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, Legislative Education such as Candidate Forums just to name a few. Nearly $30,000 has been given to youth organizations here in the West Valley
Our Education Efforts:
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.
Your Education Committee has started several programs to assist youth in our West Valley Community. We know that money and donations can fulfill needs of the school that are essential to student development. We have heard from business members that education is one area in which they wish to have a greater impact. The West Valley Adopt-A-School program bridges those two needs and creates lasting relationships and ardent goodwill within our local communities. West Valley Adopt-A-School Program facilitates the partnerships between West Valley businesses and schools for the purpose of awarding cash grants to the schools. Participation by schools is free and easy. Agreement to participate allows a local business to select and adopt a participating school and provide them with a cash grant. Adopted schools are expected to provide their business partners with some exposure to their school community as determined. We would like to thank the following businesses and congratulate the adopted schools!
Woodland Hills Private School adopted by Rumack Harmer Pediatric Dentistry
Portola Middle School by Kahan and Licht Orthodontics
Hart Street Elementary School by the Woodland Hills Rotary Club
Louisville High School by Gwyn Petrick-State Farm
Hale Charter Academy by Ruben and Sjolander Law Firm
Welby Way Charter Elementary School by AM Shine Electric
Annual Career Days with our Local High Schools have also been a great connection for our businesses and the future leaders. Get Empowered. Get Employed. is directed at youth entering the work force. The four areas we focus on are interview skills, resume writing, branding and social media behavior. We conduct workshops that include mock interviews and we offer to review their resumes as well. Many business professionals lend their time and expertise to these students.
The education continues with our adults. Our Valley Regional Forum is working hard to bring education on legislative issues, election candidates, and other Government Affairs Committee agenda items. We also offer workshops to our adult community ranging from lessons in how to network to lessons in building your business with Social Media and more. We also educate in the area of Disaster Preparedness.
Contact: Tim Elkins
Our Beautification Efforts:
The Woodland Hills-Tarzana Chamber of Commerce Community Benefit Foundation Beautification Committee works on improving business districts within the Woodland Hills-Tarzana 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, Clean-Up days, Reseda Holiday Lights, and many more community enhancement events. Recently, we have planted over 100 trees in Woodland Hills and Tarzana along Ventura Boulevard.
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 22 businesses for aesthetic improvements, implementing sustainability and providing technological innovations to their tenants
Contact: Sean McCarthy 818-389-1876
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