Santa Visits the MEND Center
December 15, 2012:
Santa made a special flight for MEND this year as part of MEND’s annual Christmas basket distribution. On Saturday, December 15, St. Nick landed by helicopter (generously provided by Group 3 Aviation) at Whiteman Airport in Pacoima, just across the street from the MEND center. Families lined up around the building early in the morning, eager to choose toys for their children, receive their holiday baskets, and of course, greet Santa as he arrived. View more photos from Santa’s visit.
Head to Toes 2012
August 29, 2012:
At MEND’s annual Head to Toes event at the MEND center, more than 200 third-grade students were provided with new shoes, vision exams, and dental screenings and fluoride treatments. The students were entertained with arts and crafts and exercise activities, and at the end of the event received a new backpack, donated by the Walt Disney Company, and new basic school supplies donated by the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation.
MENDing Poverty Conference 2012
The annual MENDing Poverty conference provides agency executives, poverty experts, media and fundraisers from across Los Angeles with an opportunity to discuss important issues facing non-profits working to improve low-income communities. This year’s event included an inspiring keynote address by United Farm Workers co-founder Dolores Huerta. Read more about this 5th annual conference, or view the photos.
Seeds to Supper 2012
The Seed to Supper Program seeks to help young people form a healthy connection to food. In nine Saturday sessions over a period of three months, youth from MEND’s After-School Program learn how to plant and tend a garden. Read more about this year’s program, or view the photos.
Stamp Out Hunger 2012
Each year, MEND marks its commitment to ending hunger in our local communities through its partnership with the National Association of Letter Carriers in the nationwide Stamp Out Hunger food drive, the largest event of its kind in the United States. Read more about the event and what it means to one MEND staffer, or view more photos.