- Business Advocacy
Weeks before Los Angeles County’s Stay-at-Home Order was declared, restaurants and businesses in Monterey Park had already felt the economic impact of the impending pandemic. Multi-generational households that had relied on school districts to feed and take care of their children were left with limited options. Since March, the Boys & Girls Clubs of West San Gabriel Valley & Eastside have provided bulk food and emergency supplies as well as hot meals from local restaurants directly to families across all of their six club locations in Monterey Park, La Puente, Baldwin Park, and the public housing sites of Ramona Gardens, Estrada Courts, and William Mead. Remarkably, the club, in partnership with the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, has added Nickerson Gardens in South LA to their roster of service areas. In total The club has been able to provide over 2,000 meals a week, nearly 5,000 lbs in food distribution, and has remained open for families enrolled in Los Angeles County’s Family Preservation Program.
The club continues to serve members through virtual club programming and outreach activities.
Members have a range of programs to join in on virtual classrooms and at-home activities such as DIY STEM experiments, art classes, virtual sailing, and even cheerleading. Mental Health Wellness Tips are posted weekly on social media to help the community with healthy coping during stressful times. The Mobile Wellness Team makes social-distancing visits to members to give them an opportunity to talk openly about how the pandemic is affecting them and their families. The club staff even brings gifts for Birthday Club to members’ front doors.
In addition, the club has partnered with the Greater Monterey Park Chamber of Commerce in a Meals to Heal Campaign to feed first responders and health care heroes on the frontlines combating the COVID-19 health crisis every day.