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We have initiated a non-traditional approach to making certain that our community is served. “I am so thankful for the


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services that the YWCA Greater Los Angeles has offered me and my son.� - Maria Gomez, YWCA Child Development Center Mom

The YWCA Greater Los Angeles cherishes our rich history of eliminating racism and empowering women. It is because of this history that we can take a step back and revisit that which was incredibly good. It gives us the power and confidence to move forward and brings us to this moment. Today, we are changing our game in the landscape of how we deliver social services. We have initiated a non-traditional approach to making certain that our community is served. As we contemplate where we are going, we have decided that we cannot go alone. With this thought in mind, we have entered into partnerships with corporations, financial institutions, foundations, individuals, and other non-profit organizations. There are not enough resources for us all individually if we dwell in a vacuum. We need to work together. This pursuit of partnership reinforces our belief that we can’t do it all but together we can do this. As we engage ourselves in social service delivery, we believe it simply is not enough to tell a 92 year old grandmother who is caring for her 17 year old grandson that there is no help because

We Are Changing the Game. ‘we don’t do that’. It is not enough to tell a mother on welfare who wants job training and needs childcare that we don’t have the resources. Our job is to empower. We can only do that effectively and efficiently when we partner with other providers. The model we have created at the YWCA Union Pacific Empowerment Center is the road map to our future. Here, we have engaged the public sector, other non-profit organizations, school districts, major utilities, budding chefs, construction workers, and caring community members to put together a patchwork of services to an under-served community. This is the essence of who we are today. These recent years have proven that big vision yields big rewards. Recently, we entered into a partnership for a major project - the YWCA Urban Campus. This project will return financial benefits back to the YWCA GLA for the next twenty years. We are encouraged by the number of new donors. In the height of a national recession, we are attracting new donors. When other non-profits sadly must close their doors due to lack of funds, we have a crane operating downtown Los Angeles and we are employing hundreds of individuals in construction of a new building. We have instilled hope for the people who deliver these services and those who receive them. There is a sense that things will get better. This last year has been major – and it happened in spite of. When nothing should have happened, everything has. The community is thirsty for attention on an individual and personal level. There is a void and we want to fill it. Through diverse programs, we deliver hope not just services. In the quest to become so specialized with services, as a society we lost the big picture of delivering hope. Our successes cannot be based solely on numbers and statistics but rather on how many communities we have changed – how much hope and belief we have instilled. So, here in these pages, we tell of that hope. Not only through the shared success of strengthened programs and great accomplishments but through the stories of several individuals. These stories represent the thousands of people who benefit from our work and make it possible. They reflect the collaborative spirit of our present… and future.


Faye Washington CEO, YWCA Greater Los Angeles

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never “Idreamed

I could send my kids to a place like this.” - Ana Garcia Child Development

Preschool Program

The YWCA GLA Child Development Program serves low-income families in which parents work or attend school. This free program benefits both children and parents by providing safe, developmentally-oriented child care and parenting education for teenage mothers.

Designed for children ages two to five years old, the focus of the program is to prepare children for grade school - educationally, emotionally, and physically. The program has adopted the High Scope Curriculum, which focuses on children’s needs while allowing staff to build on children’s initiative. Teachers engage in the Environmental Rating System to help create a rich environment that involves parents, children, and staff at each site.


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Child Development services are offered in five locations. Programming consists of the following main components:

Infant and Toddler Program

The program is structured to encourage interaction with infants, ages six weeks to two years old. Additionally, interaction and bonding classes are given to teen parents offering them valuable parenting tools. While teens learn basic knowledge about infants, infants learn developmental skills, which foster healthy growth.

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As many as 15 million kids have no place to go after school. (Source: U.S.Census)

Youth Services Contracting with numerous collaborating agencies allows the YWCA GLA to provide comprehensive services to atrisk youth and their families. The purpose of Youth Services is to provide positive alternatives to gang membership, gang violence, encourage and develop positive behaviors, and strengthen the family unit. PEARL® (Prevention, Empowerment, Academics, Recreation and Leadership) is the curriculum used to promote strong, healthy minds and bodies in our youth. We offer PEARL® in a variety ways and settings: Prevention: provides youth with positive options to conflict and violence in their lives. Empowerment: develops self-esteem and resilience through active learning and exploration of cultural awareness, positive body image, financial literacy, technology awareness, career exploration, and college and employment preparation. Academics: this component allows youth the opportunity to heighten academic interest and develop effective study skills through homework assistance, tutoring, academic enrichment and computer literacy. Recreation: develops youth’s social and recreational skills through performing arts, health and fitness, social clubs, hobbies and arts/crafts. Leadership: provides opportunities to practice leadership in the promotion of community action and service, racial justice, gender equity, public policy, peer mediation, and the YW Youth Council. Youth Services includes the following programs:

•Afterschool Program

•Youth Club


•Girls, Women - Economic Empowerment Program


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•GAB (Girls Advisory Board)


Meet Samantha Tames YWCA GLA Job Corps Student


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From spending some of her early years in foster care, surviving a rough childhood with custody battles between her parents, dropping out of military school, being stranded in Cincinnati when a job fell through, to living in a homeless shelter – Samantha Tames has seen her share of challenges. However, she refuses to wallow and calls much of her struggle ‘self-inflicted’. Determined to do something with her life and be a good example for her siblings, and convinced that her minimum wage job was not for her, Samantha enrolled in Job Corps.

Why did you decide to come to Job Corps? I’ve failed so many times in my life – I was in that mindset when I came to Job Corps. Since I’ve been here – I am so inspired by the people I’ve met. I’m not just coming to Job Corps because it’s a free program – even though that’s great and I definitely couldn’t afford to pay - the people here are wonderful. Because of the staff, I know I can finish school and accomplish my dreams. It’s not just about it being free –it’s about them saying you can change your life and then helping you get there. My dream is to be a CPA. I am currently moving toward that goal by getting my AA in Accounting. Soon I plan to transfer to a bachelors’ school to finish my education. What have you been involved with since you’ve been at Job Corps? I am a floor officer and I serve as the Executive Board Treasurer for Student Government. Also, I’m on the “Green Committee”. We focus on community clean-up projects

and recycling. We encourage other students at Job Corps to spend less time in the shower and turn off lights for an hour to save energy. I was privileged to go to Washington DC for the Job Corps Leadership Conference. We met with twelve other Job Corps centers and traded ideas on how to make our centers run better and how to be better leaders. During the week in DC, we met with seven congress-people. What have you learned from your Job Corps experience thus far? I try to take advantage of all the possibilities offered to me through Job Corps. Since I’ve been here, I’ve grown up a lot. I tend to really get caught up in circumstances. Now, I am so on track and so focused – a complete 180. I attribute that to

the staff and leadership at Job Corps – also, I was willing to be molded. They are in the business of changing lives – that’s what they did for me. “Dream it. Own it. Build it” – this is the Job Corps motto. Anything is possible – that’s what Job Corps says. I have never believed that until now – it’s a process. No dream happens until you do something about it! You have to put in the work. It is such a breath of fresh air – finally coming here and someone caring. Samantha is one of two Job Corps students who are leading contenders for the prestigious opportunity of a Washington DC summer internship with Congresswoman Laura Richardson and Congressman Xavier Becerra.

hing is possible...” YWCA Greater Los Angeles Job Corps has been training young adults for meaningful careers since 1964. Job Corps is the nation’s largest residential and educational training program for homeless, emancipated, and at-risk youth, ages 16 to 24. Through a nationwide network of campuses, Job Corps has been training young adults for meaningful careers since 1964. For eligible youth, Job Corps provides the all-around skills needed to succeed in a career and in life.

programmatic successes. The Los Angeles Job Corps consistently ranks amongst the top Job Corps Centers in the nation. Leveraging formal and informal partnerships with many businesses, employers, training facilities and community organizations allows LA Job Corps to deliver its comprehensive service model, which includes job placement.

The YWCA GLA began administering the Los Angeles Job Corps program in 1965. We focus on a holistic career development training approach which integrates the teaching of academic, vocational, employability skills and social competencies through a combination of classroom, and practical based learning experiences to prepare youth for stable, longterm, high-paying jobs. The multi-component curriculum has led to many great individual and

“I can’t thank YWCA Greater Los Angeles and the Los Angeles enough for making







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Rendering of new YWCA/ GLA Urban Campus building. Phase I is the new construction of the LA JC Urban Campus building that will house 400 at-risk youth in brand new dorm facilities, with WI-FI connections, stateof-the-art library, expanded health and dental clinics on site, a commercial kitchen and dining hall serving three fresh and healthy meals a day. Environmentally sound, the 7-story, 154,000 square foot building, is designed to meet the US Green Building Council’s Silver LEED designation.

me understand the importance of education and providing me with a second chance. I would’ve been a statistic, but instead, I’m a successful young businesswoman.”

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Programming is composed of the following components: •Academic Training •Vocational Training •Social/Employability Skills Training •Health Care •Social Services •Employment/Housing Placement

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Every 2 minutes someone in the United States is sexually assaulted.


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Victims of Sexual Assault Are... 3

times more likely to suffer from depression.


times more likely to abuse drugs.

White Women: 17.7%

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Black Women: 18.8% Asian Pacific Islander Women: 6.8%

times more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

times more likely to abuse alcohol.

contemplate suicide.

All Women: 17.6%



4 times more likely to

American Indian/Alaskan: 34.1% Mixed Race Women: 24.4%









Lifetime rate of rape /attempted rape for women by race:

Meet Alva Moreno Alva joined the YWCA GLA staff as Director of Sexual Assault Crisis Services in September 2009. For over 30 years, Alva has dedicated her life to helping people, especially victims and survivors of sexual assault. She has worked in several fields including the area of Child Abuse Intervention and AIDS/HIV Prevention and Services. She recently served as the Executive Director for the East LA Women’s Center for 14 years.

“ We honor survivors who have broken their silence and support victims who have yet to find their voice.” - Excerpt from the YWCA Sexual Assault Services pledge

How did you get involved helping victims of sexual assault? When helping one of my friends, who had narrowly escaped being assaulted, I found out about the East LA Rape Hotline. With that same friend, I attended their self-defense class. When I met this group of young Latina women – I saw who I wanted to be. I left feeling so empowered – I got involved. The next year, I went through training and became an advocate. After the training, I started as a volunteer on the rape hotline. Not long after that, I got a job as the first self-defense instructor in California doing trainings in Spanish and trained 900 women the first year. From there, my career developed with the East LA rape hotline.

Seeking to improve the quality of life for those victimized by sexual assault, this program strives to expand awareness in the community on issues related to sexual violence. In a safe, non-judgmental atmosphere, the YWCA GLA offers rape survivors the support they need and extends this support to family and friends. The program also strives to provide information on the rape trauma syndrome and refer survivors to appropriate medical, legal and social services. Services are provided for those 12 years of age and up. Program services are provided by student interns and volunteers through a 40-hour training program certified by the State of California with particular emphasis on cultural diversity and sensitivity.

Services include*: •Accompaniment •Community Education •Counseling •Crisis Intervention •Prevention Education •Self Defense •Clothesline Project

* The services are offered in English and Spanish. Other support services are available as needed.

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Why are you passionate about helping survivors of sexual assault? This area is very personal for me because I was raised by a mom who was battered for over 20 years. As a child, I used to sleep with my clothes on. I knew when my dad got home I would need to be ready to get the neighbors because he’d be drunk. As an adult, I can now understand the dynamics of assault. When you work in this field, women who come in SO broken – mentally, spiritually, emotionally – gain their “womanhood” spirit again. It’s beautiful. After just a few moments with them repeating “this was NOT your fault” – you can hear the change in their voice.

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How did you go from a volunteer to Executive Director of the East Los Angeles Women’s Center? In the early 90s, the agency was financially challenged. I was serving as their Rape Hotline Coordinator at the time. The board was transitioning and they asked me, “Alva, can you carry this organization while we find a director?” That’s how it began. I learned to negotiate grants and how to raise money. After six months, they started the recuperation process of the organization. I put in my resume and got the job. Together, with a small team, we saved the organization. Now it is the longest standing nonprofit in East LA, celebrating 35 years in 2010.

On October 23, 2009 the Beverly Hills Hotel dazzled as


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over 400 attendees participated in the YWCA Black & White Benefactrix Ball. This year’s event successfully raised over $330,000 to support YWCA Greater Los Angeles programs and activities. The elegant black tie fundraiser was presented by title sponsor, Union Bank, presenting sponsor Edison International and media sponsor Los Angeles Confidential Magazine. Other top sponsors include ING Foundation and AEG. Hosted by KJLH-FM midday radio personality, Nautica de la Cruz, activities of the evening included a live and silent auction, dinner, live music and dancing. Women with a Vision: Making the Rules, Changing the Game was the theme for the evening and appropriately portrayed the focus. Faye Washington, CEO, YWCA Greater Los Angeles said, “The time to celebrate is now. We celebrate these extraordinary women and their accomplishments in the community and the world. We celebrate the rich legacy of the YWCA Greater Los Angeles. We celebrate the blessing of witnessing our collective vision come to fruition which will impact generations to come.” Two signature award presentations were featured: the Silver Achievement Ball PhotoAward for an impressive career of service domestically and the Soromundi (Sisters of the World) Award for a dynamic career of service internationally.

May 15, 2010,

Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina and YWCA Greater Los Angeles CEO Faye Washington were joined by several East Los Angeles residents and dignitaries, including legendary community organizer Dolores Huerta and Congresswoman Lucille Roybal Allard to dedicate the new YWCA Greater Los Angeles Union Pacific Empowerment Center (UPEC) during a celebratory ribbon cutting ceremony and neighborhood block party at 4315 Union Pacific Avenue, East Los Angeles on Saturday, May 15, 2010.


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“We are proud of the involvement of our East Los Angeles residents who helped shape this model, state-of-the-art Empowerment and Child Care center,” said Molina. “The comprehensive programs and services offered by the YWCA Greater Los Angeles in this culturally empowering facility will enrich the lives of our community’s children and families.”

The Phenomenal Woman Awards

Venus Willi

Saluting Women Who Change the Game With Special Guest:


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July 13, 2010, the YWCA Greater Los Angeles

honored multiple grand slam tennis champion and entrepreneur Venus Williams with the Phenomenal Woman of the Year Award. The event was held in downtown Los Angeles at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel and themed “Saluting Women who Change the Game”. Special guests included Sheryl Lee Ralph, Vanessa Williams, Rachel Grant, LaVan Davis and more. “We are thrilled to salute Venus Williams with the Phenomenal Woman of the Year Award,” said Faye Washington, CEO, YWCA Greater Los Angeles. “Venus Williams exemplifies the YWCA’s core mission of ‘eliminating racism, empowering women’. She is the quintessential example of our event theme, ‘Saluting Women who Change the Game’. We are so proud of her accomplishments on and off the court and so grateful to her for embracing our Job Corps program and students”. Williams participated in a two-day visit to her hometown Los Angeles to support the YWCA GLA Job Corps. In addition to accepting the Phenomenal Woman of the Year Award, she continued the visit as the guest speaker for the YWCA GLA Job Corps Graduation Ceremony, Wednesday, July 14, 2010.


July 19, 2010: When tennis legend, Venus Williams, speaks of her

commitment to community and helping others, she backs it up with acts of selflessness and service. This commitment was most recently demonstrated to the Los Angeles community during a free tennis clinic Ms. Williams, in partnership with POWERADE PLAY™, a sports drink geared for the young athlete with less sugar and more vitamins than traditional sports drinks, conducted for several young girls from the YWCA Girls Club. “I started playing tennis at the age of four,” shared Ms. Williams to an audience of excited young girls. “At first I liked it because all of my family did but then I began to love it. It is a challenging sport and I learned to work hard.”

“It was so great to play tennis and hang out with Venus Williams,” expressed 12-year-old Ana Ruiz from the YWCA Union Pacific Girls Club. “I learned to keep my eye on the ball! Ms. Williams was inspiring to us because she did so much at a young age. She gave me hope - esperanza that I can accomplish my dreams like she accomplished hers. And she told us how hard she had to work - it was really amazing.”

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Almost thirty thrilled young girls were transported to the Beverly Hills Country Club to join Ms. Williams as she taught them tennis basics and emphasized the importance of setting goals and establishing good, healthy habits early in life. Ms. Williams even introduced them to her dog, Harry, who travels with her “everywhere.” The girls were not disappointed.




Since the inception of the YWCA Greater Los Angeles “service” has been linked to “action.” Advocacy


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Social Action and Advocacy are the cornerstones of the YWCA GLA. Since the inception of the organization, “service” has been linked to “action.” With strong historical roots as the nation’s oldest and largest national multi-cultural women’s movement, the YWCA GLA continues to work to improve social and economic conditions for all people. The objective of this program is to track legislation across federal, state and local governments that may impact our service population. In accordance with the findings, the YWCA Greater Los Angeles acts in an advocacy position on such issues as child care, youth concerns, relationship violence, and employment training.

With a rich history in advocacy and social activism, the YWCA GLA leverages our collective voice to affect change for the women, children, and families of Los Angeles. Historically the YWCA GLA has fought for issues such as the abolition of child labor, the 8-hour workday and desegregation. Today, the YWCA GLA carries on a long tradition in social action and advocacy to meet the goals of women and girls’ empowerment and racial justice. Our key areas of focus include: •Racial Justice •Community Without Violence •Affordable Child Care •Affordable Housing •Equal Access to Education

Senior Services

The YWCA GLA Senior Services program helps keep seniors safe, healthy and helps relieve stress on today’s working families. Quality senior programming is an important component in violence prevention and intervention strategies. With more and more seniors being left alone with sometimes no supervision, at the YWCA GLA they can benefit from safe structured educational programs. At the West Los Angeles Center, we provide multiple classes and assistance. Equally important, the program offers seniors a safe haven and opportunities for positive physical, emotional and spiritual momentum through community service. Each year, hundreds of seniors from the age of 60 and up enjoy services tailored to their needs.

“The YWCA With over 30 years experience in the banking industry, Carl Ballton is no stranger to identifying wise investments. As President and COO of the Union Bank Foundation for the last ten years, Mr. Ballton has led the decision making process for choosing the organizations in which the foundation will invest. Union Bank is a dedicated partner of the YWCA GLA. Why does Union Bank support the YWCA GLA? We at Union Bank Foundation focus on making grants to worthy organizations where we know the funds will be used in the right way. The YWCA GLA fits into strategic focus of the foundation. We seek to create and sustain healthy communities. Our four focus areas include community

economic development, affordable housing, education and environment. We are making long-term investments in organizations that work in these categories for the benefit of low to moderate income communities. The work of the YWCA GLA fits into several categories. They help individuals improve their lives and become productive citizens. Also, the YWCA GLA has exceptionally strong leadership. The YWCA GLA is viable and worthy of investment. How does the mission of the YWCA resonate with you? I was truly blown away when I saw the mission statement of the organization for the first time. “Eliminating racism, empowering women” resonates with me because diversity is a core value of our company. We see a need to support all groups in our market place. Certainly the role of empowering women is part of that overall objective. This aligns with values we hold true at Union Bank.

Meet Mahine Yamoraharr Mahine Yamotaharr was introduced to the YWCA Greater Los Angeles by participating in the senior program at the Felicia Mahood Center located in West Los Angeles. When she noticed there was a need for volunteers, she decided to offer her time. She was 78 years old at the time – that was seven years ago. Mahine has four children and six grandchildren. She worked as a teacher in Iran for 25 years teaching High School Economics. Her life passion is to help others.

Tell about your work at the YWCA. I volunteer as a teacher assistant and translator in the ESL class. This class is offered to local seniors. We have about 25 people who attend class every Monday and Thursday. After class, I volunteer for an hour with the Ladies Persian Club. Here we focus on having fun! We play bingo, socialize, and participate in other activities. How long have you been involved with the YWCA? For 7 years!! After I started attending the ESL class, I got to know Zohreh Pedram, Program Specialist for the YWCA. I noticed she needed help – she was so busy and worked so hard. So, one day I told her, “I’m going to help you.” And that’s how I started volunteering. When these seniors are happy, they live better – they are healthier. Most of them are alone. They need people to show them love!

How does Union Bank encourage employees to be involved in philanthropy? We provide a great matching gift program for employees. Also, we offer 8 hours of paid time off a year in our retail banking area for employees who volunteer in their community. Union Bank encourages senior executives to connect to community through serving on boards. This is a very powerful aspect of our involvement that goes beyond the dollars we give. Human capital is just as important as our donations. Why is community involvement important to you? When you look at the problems that we face in our society, it is imperative that we are ALL engaged in community on some level. In my experience, the giver gets far more than what they give – the satisfaction of being involved and helping and seeing the end-result of what we are doing makes it all worthwhile. Currently, I serve on the board for five different organizations and efforts including: Los Angeles Urban League, Good Will

Industries of Southern California, Abode Communities (affordable housing), Trustee of Occidental College, and Cal Community Reinvestment Corporation. Union Bank really sees the value of employees being engaged in community. How would you encourage others to get involved with the YWCA? Look at the impact that the YWCA GLA is having on the lives of women and families. They’re really making a difference. Any organization that is doing this important work and transforming lives – they deserve our support. Everyone can give a little and help make it happen.


is viable and worthy of investment.”

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What would you say to encourage others to volunteer of their time? I talk with others and encourage them to volunteer – but I don’t push them. You must be happy with your work – you must choose it. I can only say how much I love volunteering and helping others. Sometimes I get tired – sometimes I’m doing too much – even when I’m tired I feel very happy to help.

Financials 2009-2010 Expenses: $26,703,501

Public Support & Revenue: $27,807,773 1.24% 1.44% 2.16%





11.89% 12.09%





Job Training

Other Programs

Other Income

United Way

Fund Raising


Special Events

Pre-School, School Age Child Care & Youth Development Administration


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Honor Roll of Donors

Life begins as we give of ourselves to those around us. As a non-profit organization, the YWCA Greater Los Angeles depends on the generosity of individuals, dedicated members, businesses, and foundations to offer vital programming and activities to the community. Our passion to create safe spaces to live, learn, and grow can only become a reality through the selfless act of giving. Every effort has been made to list all donors for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010. If your name is not listed, please call our development office. Thank you in advance for your understanding.

$25,000 to $49,999 AT&T California Community Foundation $10,000 to $24,999 AEG Capital Group Companies, Inc. ING Americas KMEX & KFTR Vivian Howell Wells Fargo $5,000 to $9,999 Aids Healthcare Foundation Chapman & Associates Green Hasson & Janks LLP Jenkins, Gales & Martinez, Inc. JPMorgan Chase Kathleen Kavanagh Los Angeles Worlds Airport Northrop Grumman Corporation PCL Construction Services Donna Hampton Reeves May Chen Tham Unisource Solutions Union Pacific Foundation Time Warner Cable Walton Construction Faye Washington

$500 to $999 Eleanor Beasley Bocarsly Emden Cowan Esmail & Arndt LLP Lisa Cagnolatti Margaret Jo Clark Tracy Solomon Clark Donna Crowder Carole Y. Jones Elsa Luna Rochelle Dynes Mills Elaine D. Moore David Nahas Susan L. Patrick Plaza Research Corporation Polenzani Benefits & Insurance Peter C. Foy & Associates Gloria L. Rice Robert Half International Ethel Sanford-Smith Taylor Defense and Research Group Walker Advertising Inc. John Whitaker

$250 to $499 Clara Brown Lisa Cagnolatti Jennifer Cun C.E. Hetrick Howard Building Corporation Marie Lemelle, MBA Miriam Scott Long Joyce Louden Carol A. Mancino Mauria McPoland Desiree Pierce Wilma J. Pinder Linda Young $100 to $249 Elizabeth I. Balderamos Nichole Berklas James Clark Luz Diaz Ronita E. Elder Nedra Foster Lydia Gonzalez Matthew Graeser Timi Hallem David Hernandez Winifred Hessinger Patricia Keane Francine Louise Marseille Alva Moreno Jason Nickels Janet Ortiz Barbara Perkins T. Kevin Powells Ann Shaw Sarah Smith Orr Deborah Triggs Helen Graham-Washington Beverly Williams Dolores Wong

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$50,000 to $99,999 Union Bank United Way, Inc.

$1,000 to $4,999 Charmaine Atherton Birba Group Architects David Blankmeyer DLA Piper Virginia Harper Belinda A. Heard Larry Spun Products, Inc. Marisa Antonini Foundation Karen Mayeda Lisa Mazzola Pamela Wiley-Wells, Ph.D. Willis Ebert Dobbins Estate YWCA of the Pacific Region TheZenith


$100,000 and above City of Los Angeles Edison International L.A. Unified School District Rose Hills Foundation State of California


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Meet Barbara Parsky With a career spanning the last 40 years, Barbara Parsky has worked her way up in the Communications field to her current position as Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications at Edison International. She oversees the communication strategy and function for both sides of the business – the public utility side and Edison Mission Group, the competitive power generation side. Her background includes a 25 year stint working at GE in New York City as well as experience in issues management, corporate branding and advertising, PR and various other communications roles.

What was your journey to get to Senior VP of Corporate Communications at Edison International? Communication is all about telling a story through articulating key facts in a way that your audience can understand. I have worked hard to develop programs and communications with high quality. One of the things that I find with communications is that it’s a critical part of the business. I have had a rich career and I’m quite grateful for

this. One area I enjoy overseeing at Edison International is the company’s philanthropic area.

can’t help but get excited to DO something when you are around her.

Do you have a personal commitment to helping the community? As a little one growing up, the idea of giving back was ingrained in me. It is important for the community we serve to know we care about them. I spend time with specific groups and organizations. The other day I was out in the community. We were participating in a program with “Bring Me a Book” Foundation. I spent the morning reading books to preschool kids. It was a wonderful way to start my day. I make time to do it because it’s important.

What would you say to encourage others to become involved with the YWCA GLA? Everybody must look inside themselves and figure out what their passion points are. For me, the YWCA GLA represents an opportunity to promote empowerment and dignity for everyone as part of their mission. In my view, it’s a terrific association to have especially when you are reaching out to those less fortunate – to create greater self awareness and opportunities for hope.

Edison International is a strong partner of the YWCA GLA. Why is the YWCA GLA an organization worthy of support? Edison focuses on three philosophical areas for giving – education, environment, and under-served communities. The YWCA GLA aligns with this focus. So much of what the YWCA GLA does is serve the needs of economically disadvantaged individuals and communities. We are very excited for the $300,000 grant from Edison to be given over three years for the Computer Service Lab at the Union Pacific Empowerment Center. The lab will provide tools to the East Los Angeles community helping them advance and progress in a digital society. With this computer lab, these individuals will become more selfaware – they will learn the powerful message of “I CAN do this”. I can’t think of a better example of what we’re trying to do in typically under-served communities than that. Also, Faye Washington is such a dynamic, heartrich leader of the YWCA GLA. You just

“We are very excited for the $300,000 grant from Edison to be given for the Computer Service Lab at the UPEC. With this computer lab, these individuals will become more selfaware – they will learn the powerful message of “I CAN do this”.

Board Of Directors: Juanita Holcombe Hamilton President Vivian D. Howell Vice President Cheryle Babbitt Treasurer/Secretary Constance Anderson Eleanor Beasley Lisa Cagnolatti Maria Garcia Belinda A. Heard Patricia Keane Mauria McPoland Ruth Lopez-Novodor Karen Mayeda Maria Robinson-Glover

The YWCA Greater Los Angeles: Safe space to live, learn and grow.


As a YWCA, we advocate for justice and dignity for all people. For over a century, the YWCA Greater Los Angeles has provided housing and supportive services. YWCA GLA is pioneering a model of community centers and housing co-created with diverse stakeholders - to transform lives, build selfreliance and, ultimately, strengthen communities.

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