West Valley Boys & Girls Club staff members
The LA Regional COVID-19 Fund provided the West Valley Boys & Girls Club a grant that helped the organization continue to provide services to the 3,200 children that rely on its resources annually.

Since 1992, the West Valley Boys & Girls Club has provided programs to children that build character, encourage healthy lifestyles, and boost academic performance. Many alumni have said that the Club’s commitment to building communities and providing strong role models has helped keep them out of trouble and become more dedicated to their education.

The COVID-19 pandemic forced the West Valley Boys & Girls Club to temporarily close their in-person center, which changed how they could offer programs and reach children in need. The LA Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund grant helped the Club pivot how it delivers services and cover pandemic-related expenses.

With the funds from the grant, the Club provided nearly 1,000 free breakfast and lunch meals weekly through its Grab-N-Go program. The funds helped the club establish a virtual programming initiative that allowed staff to safely provide programs and activities, including mentoring and college prep assistance, to kids of all ages.

The grant also covered the cost of sick leave for employees who have contracted COVID-19 or needed to take care of family members during these adverse times.

LA Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund

On August 31, 2020, the County and City of Los Angeles announced the creation of the LA Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund, a joint effort to provide financial assistance to micro-entrepreneurs, small businesses and non-profits experiencing economic hardships due to the coronavirus.

[this story above] is an example of how the COVID-19 Recovery Fund assisted local L.A. businesses.

Awards ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 were provided over six rounds, the last of which ended October 26, 2020. In the upcoming weeks, EWDD Updates will feature more stories on L.A. City businesses that received grants and how the funding is helping them stay afloat during COVID-19.

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of March 22, 2021. Read this issue and more.