Los Angeles (6/28/17) – On June 28, 211 LA County (211 LA) will be honored as a Nonprofit of the Year at a celebration of California Nonprofits Day at the State Capitol in Sacramento.
211 LA has been selected by Assemblywoman Autumn Burke as an exceptional nonprofit organization in her district, which covers Inglewood, Venice, and surrounding communities. 211 LA ‘s Executive Director Maribel Marin will join nearly one hundred other nonprofit leaders from across the state being honored at the annual California Nonprofits Day event, formally recognized by Assembly Concurrent Resolution 54, authored by the chair of the new Assembly Select Committee on the Nonprofit Sector Assemblywoman Monique Limon (D-Santa Barbara).
211 LA is best known for providing a 24/7 phone line that helps anyone in LA County find resources like shelter or housing, food, mental health services, employment, or any other social, health or human services – essentially the 911 of social services. However, most people don’t know that 211 LA is an independent nonprofit that does much more, including innovative programs at Children’s Court reunifying families, faith-based partnerships supporting homeless families, securing housing and employment for Prop 47 individuals, and coming soon an on-the-ground presence at Harbor Regional Center providing parent peer support and care coordination to families of children with developmental delays or autism. 211 LA sees the holes between finding resources people need and actually receiving those services, and creates programs to bridge those gaps.
“211 LA is thrilled to be recognized by Assemblywoman Burke as an essential resource for people in her district as well as across LA County. We are proud to share this honor with other exceptional Nonprofits who work so hard to provide services to communities across the state,” said Maribel Marin, Executive Director of 211 LA.
The award recipients will be honored at a luncheon at Sacramento’s Convention Center, with welcomes from Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, Assemblymember Limon, and Jan Masaoka, CEO of the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits). California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has also been invited to speak to the gathered honorees and their legislators.
“Nonprofit organizations are vitally important to the economy and well-being of California. But too often nonprofits are ‘hidden in plain sight.’ We are thrilled that the State Assembly has passed a resolution for the second year in a row that puts the spotlight on nonprofits as an economic power that uses that power for the common good. We congratulate all of the award recipients on being honored for the great work they do every day to make California a better place,” said Jan Masaoka, CEO of California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits), a statewide alliance of over 10,000 organizations, representing and promoting California’s growing nonprofit sector and working to bring the full power of nonprofits to strengthening communities.