Stamp Out Hunger 2016
Thank you to all our donors and volunteers who partnered up with MEND for America’s largest one-day food drive. In it’s 24th year since it’s inception. Stamp Out Hunger has been a long time provider for MEND’s Foodbank and every year the amount of donations that pour in are incredible. This year a total of 196,903 lbs of food were donated to the cause. This food will allow us to serve our clients and satellite pantries through the summer! To view pictures from this event click here!
Christmas in Spring 2016
On May 7th, Universal Studios Hollywood hosted their annual Christmas in Spring event at MEND. This very special event aims to bring a little holiday cheer during the springtime. The MEND parking lot is transformed into a winter wonderland with several carnival games where everyone is a winner! Universal employees volunteer their time to run the various booths and children have the opportunity to meet their favorite Universal characters.
Children also received free books based on their age, spent time doing arts and crafts, and of course, received a very special visit from Santa! This year in particular there were 300 families in attendance! It was indeed a holly jolly christmas in the spring! Click here to view pictures from this wonderful event!
Volunteer Appreciation Dinner 2016
On April 16th, MEND hosted its annual volunteer appreciation dinner. The event, titled “The Not-So-Late Show starring the Menders,” wrapped up National Volunteer Week with a “Late Show” theme that included a monologue, special guest interviews conducted by our host and comedian, Jim Coughlin, and good-humored commercial skits performed by MEND staff.
Awards presented at the event included the Business Partner in MENDing Poverty Award to Bank of America, and the Community Partner in MENDing Poverty Award to St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church. MEND staff also recognized volunteers from each department for their commitment to MEND’s mission and their dedication to our community.
The evening concluded with the presentation of MEND’s Overall Volunteer of the Year 2015 to longtime volunteer David Jimenez. His emotional acceptance and recognition was a wonderful way to end our night! View photos from our volunteer celebration here.
Baby Shower- February 2016
In February, MEND hosted a baby shower for approximately 80 new mothers. The baby shower included a luncheon, raffle, distribution of car seats, clothing and other infant care items along with workshops on parenting, and other resources that are designed to support MEND families with young children. For photos of our event click here and visit our flickr page.
13th Annual Head to Toes Event
On August 27th, MEND hosted its 13th Annual Head to Toes event. 241 3rd grade students headed to the MEND Center for a day filled with activities including arts and crafts, exercise activities, and dental and vision screenings. The students were provided with backpacks and school supplies courtesy of the Walt Disney company. The Ella Fitzgerald Charitable foundation also donated books for each student to take home.
For photos from this event, please visit our flickr page.