Help Habitat for Humanity Provide Home Repairs to Senior Citizens!

Habitat for Humanity Los Angeles needs your help. The organization has been nominated for a $50,000 grant from the Pepsi Refresh Project which will help them provide much-needed home repairs for senior citizens in the Greater Los Angeles area. Habitat is asking for your help to achieve this goal. Votes can be made once a day, every day, in the month of October 2010.

VIDEO: Supervisor Ridley-Thomas helping build homes with Habitat for Humanity in Lynwood last year:

Prevent Whooping Cough through Immunization

The County of Los Angeles is experiencing higher rates of whooping cough, or pertussis, a highly contagious bacterial disease that is spread by coughing. Children and infants are most vulnerable. Symptoms include intense coughing, accompanied by a whooping sound and post-cough vomiting, with complications including pneumonia and seizures. Whooping cough can be prevented through vaccination and healthy hygiene habits.

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas is hosting a series of free community vaccination clinics to encourage families to get vaccinated, and help prevent the spread of whooping cough.

UPDATE: All immunizations for children entering school will also be provided. If possible, please bring your child’s yellow immunization card.

July 7 (9am – 12pm)
WIC – Compton
130 E. Compton Blvd.
Compton, CA 90221

July 14 (9am – 12pm)
WIC – Lynwood
3811 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90262

July 21 (3pm – 7pm)
Kedren Headstart
710 E. 111th Pl.
Los Angeles, CA 90059

August 4 (9am – 12pm)
WIC – Florence
501 E. Florence Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90003

September 1 (9am – 1pm)
Kedren Headstart
710 E. 111th Pl.
Los Angeles, CA 90050

September 8 (1pm – 5pm)
Kedren Headstart
710 E. 111th Pl.
Los Angeles, CA 90059

Celebrate Lynwood Being Named an All-America City Next Thursday


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Lynwood Named 2010 All-America City!

2010 All-America City Award Winners Announced!

The National Civic League announced the winners of the 61st annual All-America City award during a raucous celebration at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center in Kansas City. The crowds cheered loudly as, one by one, delegations from the ten winning communities streamed onstage to accept their awards.

Listed in alphabetical order by state, the 2010 All-America Cities are:

Chandler, Arizona
Lynwood, California
Rancho Cordova, California
North Miami, Florida
Acworth, Georgia
Des Moines, Iowa
Salisbury, Maryland
Gastonia, North Carolina
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
El Paso, Texas

The 61-year old awards program recognizes neighborhoods, villages, towns, cities, counties and metro regions for outstanding civic accomplishments. To win, communities have to demonstrate an ability to address serious challenges with innovative, grassroots strategies that promote civic engagement and cooperation between the public, private and nonprofit sectors.

“These All-America Cities represent what is working in American communities,” said National Civic League President Gloria Rubio Cortés. “They are taking on challenging issues and finding innovative ways of creating a better future. We are inspired by their stories every year.”

More at the L.A. Wave

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas at a Lynwood All-America City rally in May 2010.

"Incarcerated Parents Project" Holds Kick-Off Event Tomorrow to Strengthen Bonds Between Inmates and Children Through Visitation

Friends Outside in Los Angeles County, in cooperation with the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, is hosting a kick-off event for the “Incarcerated Parents Project” (IPP) at the Century Regional Detention Center on Thursday, June 17th from 1 to 3 p.m. The program is designed to introduce community leaders to IPP; explain how the agencies involve facilitate visitation between incarcerated parents and their children and what that looks like.

This project is one of very few in the country that promotes family bonds between children of inmates and their incarcerated parents who qualify for services. The goal is to promote the family reunification services for children in foster care in families with parental incarceration through services that include the following: supervised visitation; assistance to complete case plans with Dependency Court; liaison support between incarcerated parents and their Children’s Social Workers; and, supportive services for children and their caregivers.

There will be a tour of Century Regional Detention Facility immediately following Program. Tour participants need to be cleared in advance.

Thursday, June 17, 2010 (1:00 – 3:00 p.m.)
Century Regional Detention Facility

11705 South Alameda Street
Lynwood, CA 90262