L.A. Area Chamber Members Make an Impact at the Salvation Army Red Shield Youth & Community Center

L.A.ís largest business organization urges corporate support for local nonprofits

June 18, 2009 9:00 am

LOS ANGELES, CA – Members of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce recently lent their support to The Salvation Army Red Shield Youth & Community Center, which annually serves 6,000 children and parents in the Pico-Union neighborhood of Los Angeles.  Deloitte LLP provided more than 300 volunteers to paint the center and enhance its community garden.  The following week, the Majestic Realty Foundation hosted the graduation ceremony for the Los Angeles Youth Leadership Council (LAYLC) at the Red Shield   The L.A. Area Chamber urges its members to support local nonprofits and charities whenever possible, especially in this time of increased need.

“Corporate partners are essential to fulfilling the mission of the Red Shield and so many community organizations,” said Irene De Anda Lewis, executive director of the center.  “Working to keep kids in school and empower parents, the Red Shield works together with local business partners so that we can achieve our common goal – a prosperous community.”

On June 5, Deloitte deployed 300 corporate volunteers to paint the entire two-story exterior of The Salvation Army Red Shield Youth & Community Center.  The volunteers also planted trees to enhance the community garden for local residents to enjoy.  Deloitte’s day of service at the Red Shield was the largest activity in its 10th annual Deloitte IMPACT Day – a national day of volunteer service engaging more than 30,000 professionals in a wide range of community projects nationwide. 

On June 8, the Majestic Realty Foundation hosted eighty students and nonprofit leaders to celebrate the accomplishments of LAYLC seniors as part of their year round leadership training.  The  22 seniors in the program graduated from 14 different high schools and are headed to colleges across the nation.  These student leaders have all participated in the LAYLC which engages students in leadership training, community service, college tours and civic affairs programs throughout the year  

“Through programs like the Los Angeles Youth Leadership Council (LAYLC), we are investing in tomorrow’s leaders today,” said Fran Inman, president of the Majestic Realty Foundation.  “The Majestic Realty Foundation is committed to serving our community and the young adults that will lead in the 21st century economy.”

“The L.A. Area Chamber is proud of the investments our members make in our communities,” said Gary Toebben, President & CEO, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.  “We thank Majestic Realty Foundation, Deloitte LLP and the many other businesses who are contributing to our local nonprofits.  We encourage the business community to become corporate supporters so that we can work together to improve prosperity and quality of life across the region."

Photos of Majestic Realty Foundation’s Los Angeles Youth Leadership Council (LAYLC) graduation ceremony and Deloitte LLP’s IMPACT Day are available at: www.lachamber.com/corpimpact.


The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of business in L.A. County. Founded in 1888, the Chamber promotes a prosperous economy and quality of life in the Los Angeles region. For more information, visit www.lachamber.com.

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