Events

9th Annual MENDing Poverty Conference

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How do affordable housing and health neighborhoods– including services from many nonprofit poverty agencies – fit together? Come to find out by joining us for the ninth annual MENDing Poverty Conference on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 from 8 am – 2 pm.

Our dynamic opening keynote speaker will be Mercedes Marquez, former Assistant Secretary in the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, and former General Manager of the LA Housing Department.  Ms. Marquez will provide a national perspective on affordable housing in the context of healthy neighborhoods. Rushmore Cervantes, the current General Manager of the LA Housing and Community Investment Department, will complement her presentation during the luncheon plenary by sharing his vision and expertise on housing strategies and perspectives in our region.

Trent Stamp, President and CEO of The Eisner Foundation, will deliver an opening welcome.

This year’s event will include concurrent workshops, each with an outstanding panel of speakers, on three key issues:

  • What’s the Housing Mix in Your Neighborhood? Housing 101
  • Who is Your Best Advocate?  Engaging Clients in Public Policy
  • What Does Stable Housing Look Like? Models and Resources for Housing Stability

Registration fee, including breakfast and lunch, is $99 through Fri, May 27 and $119 thereafter.

The event is co-hosted by MEND and Valley Nonprofit Resources, and will be held at the MEND Center, 10641 N. San Fernando Road, Pacoima, CA 91331.

 

Conference sponsors include:

  • The California Wellness Foundation
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Wells Fargo
  • The California Endowment
  • LA Care
  • Agora Realty
  • Councilmember Felipe Fuentes
  • Habitat for Humanity San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valleys
  • Supervisor Sheila Kuehl
  • LA Family Housing Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County
  • New Capital LLC
  • Thomas Safran and Associates
  • Union Bank

Although online registration is now closed, there are still openings for the conference. Same day registration will be available at MEND.

Note registration begins at 8:00am-9:00am.


Shine Like the Stars at MEND’s 7th Annual Academy Awards Gala

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Is watching the Academy Awards at home a little too dull for you? Are you looking for a way to help support MEND, the 2012 California’s nonprofit of the year? Then do both by joining us at a very special celebration of the 2017 Academy Awards ceremony at MEND’s 7th Annual Gala of Glitz, Glamour & Giving.

On Sunday, February 26, 2017, you are invited to take part with other MEND supporters in a special viewing of the ABC 7 broadcast of the Academy Awards at the Globe Theatre at Universal Studios Hollywood. Proceeds from the event benefit MEND, which at last year’s viewing party raised over $300,000.

Carrie Jones (Right) and MEND Co-Founders , Ed and Carolyn Rose

Carrie Jones (Right) and MEND Co-Founders , Ed and Carolyn Rose

As MEND’s guest, you’ll have a chance to experience the glitz and glamour of Hollywood as you and your guests walk the red carpet into the beautiful Globe Theatre. Once inside, you’ll be able to cast your own awards ballot, enjoy spectacular hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, take part in live and silent auctions, and dine with friends while watching the awards ceremony on giant screens surrounding the ballroom.

MEND’s annual awards viewing event drew over 450 attendees from near and far in 2016. As photographs from last year’s event attest, it was a memorable night for those who attended. Tickets are expected to sell out fast for this month’s gala. Ready to buy your tickets? Purchase online now.

Sponsors: Contact Nene Ogbechie at (818) 686-7335 or sponsorships@mendpoverty.org to learn about exciting sponsorship opportunities.

MEND’S 7th Annual Academy Awards Gala is made possible by the following generous sponsors:

PRESENTING SPONSOR – HERITAGE PROVIDER NETWORK, INC.

BEST PICTURE SPONSOR – HEALTH NET OF CALIFORNIA

PRODUCER SPONSORS
ABC7
DISNEY WORLDWIDE SERVICES
KAISER PERMANENTE
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD’S DISCOVER A STAR FOUNDATION
WALMART

DIRECTOR SPONSORS
ACE MEDICAL ASSOCIATES, INC. 
BANK OF AMERICA
FOX ENTERTAINMENT GROUP
HOMESTREET BANK
PROVIDENCE HOLY CROSS MEDICAL CENTER
RAYMOND HANDLING SOLUTIONS
WELLS FARGO


2015 Friends for Good Breakfast

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Please join us for the 2015 Friends for Good Breakfast which will honor MEND’s corporate, individual, in-kind, faith based donors and overall supporters.

When: Wednesday, October 14th, 2015
7:30AM – 9:30AM

Where: MEND Center Lobby

Keynote Speaker: Bill Allen, President and CEO, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation

Please RSVP including names of your guests by October 7th, 2015


Education and Training Center Grand Re-Opening

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Please join MEND staff, donors and overall supporters in celebrating the re-opening of the Education and Training Center.

When: Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Time: 4PM – 6PM

Where: MEND Education and Training Center

13460 Van Nuys Blvd.

Pacoima, CA 91331

 


8th Annual MENDing Poverty Conference

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Please join us for the eighth annual MENDing Poverty Conference on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. The conference theme is a timely one: “Income Inequality: Challenges and Opportunities for the Nonprofit Sector.”  The conference brings together nonprofit executives, funders and community leaders from throughout Los Angeles – to network and hear great speakers focused on improving services for people living in poverty.

Opening keynote speaker will be Robert Kleinhenz, PhD, Chief Economist for the LA County Economic Development Corporation.

Wendy Garen, President and CEO of The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, will deliver an opening welcome.

The luncheon keynote speaker will be Adam Gamoran, PhD, President of the W.T. Grant Foundation—a funder of NPR, and a national leader in supporting research on income inequality.

This year’s event will include concurrent workshops, each with an outstanding panel of speakers, on three key issues:

  • Income Inequality and Health
  • LA:RISE – Fresh, Integrated Approach to Workforce Development
  • Job Training Policy and Inequality Among the Working Poor

Registration fee, including breakfast and lunch, is $89 through June 7 and $109 thereafter.

REGISTER ONLINE TODAY!

Download the 2015 Poverty Conference registration form.

For speakers and VIP guests, download the payment instructions here.