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2011 Big Sunday at North Valley Caring Services

On 05.14.2011, the Chatsworth Kiwanis joined volunteers from Kohl's Department Store, and Cruz Construction at North Valley Caring Services for our 2nd Big Sunday event. We planted, painted, trimmed, cleaned, put in windows, and covered asphalt, making everything pretty and clean.

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North Valley Caring Services responds quickly to the changing needs of the hard working families that live in North Hills. To that end, the mission of NVCS is to empower neighborhood residents to build a vision of their community’s future and actively engage in solving local problems. Our multifaceted approach promotes self-sufficient individuals and bonded families that learn, grow and work together.

Our programs and services are designed to meet the following goals:
  • Enable disadvantaged children and youth to develop physical health and positive self esteem, complete their education, participate in wholesome activities, and transition into stable, thriving adults;
  • Ensure parents are able to provide a safe and healthy home environment for their children
  • Help homeless and low income neighbors achieve health and alleviate hunger.
North Valley Caring Services began as an outgrowth of the Sepulveda United Methodist Church and has been serving the North Hills area for over 35 years. Originally organized as a breakfast kitchen for the area’s homeless population, NVCS continues to serve all disadvantaged residents via its Breakfast Program and Food Pantry. Expanding our services in 1992, the NVCS campus became a Shalom Zone to advocate, mediate and counsel residents caught in the uproar of the Los Angeles riots. Since then, we have continued to evolve, mature and improve, becoming a 501c.3 organization in 1995. From its humble beginnings as a soup kitchen, the agency has grown to offer an array of programs that help individuals and families succeed in life. Today we are proud to provide a comprehensive Family Literacy Program including Adult ESL Courses, Early Childhood Education, and Parenting Classes; a Youth Program and a Workforce Development program. In addition to these larger programs, NVCS has added further services in response to community requirements, including the Holiday Toy Give-Away, the Thanksgiving Meal, Health Screenings and Referral Services.

We strive to meet the pressing needs of low-income families in our neighborhood.

NVCS serves families and individuals from North Hills, Panorama City, Van Nuys, and Arleta, the majority of participants live in the agency’s Langdon-Orion Street neighborhood of North Hills. These communities are some of the poorest in the San Fernando Valley; the median household income is $33,669 -- which is $10,000 less than the average for Los Angeles County, and $17,000 less than the average for the San Fernando Valley. With approximately 19,000 residents in just 1.5 square miles, our neighborhood is one of the most densely populated in the county of Los Angeles. Many families consist of recent Central and Latin American immigrants who speak little or no English. For many years the neighborhood has been portrayed by police and the media as an example of poverty, neglect, violence, drug trafficking, fractured families and gang rule. The neighborhood has very high rates of substance abuse arrests, child protective services interventions, and school drop outs. Through our programs and services we touch the lives of close to 4,000 individuals each year, enabling them to better their future.
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Dear Friends –

So, it was a truly awesome weekend.

Starting Friday at 7 AM more than 50,000 people, of all ages and all backgrounds, worked together at 500 projects from San Diego to San Francisco. Not in response to an emergency or a disaster, but just in the name of making our world (or at least our state!) a nicer place. Even the powers that be cooperated by turning an unseasonable mid-May morning rain into the most beautiful day ever. Thank you!

There were so many people who gave so much this weekend – their time, their talent, their money, their stuff, and their incredible, unbelievably kind and generous spirits. Personally, I consider myself the luckiest guy in the world because I get to see so many wonderful people working so hard to help others.

As many of you know, Big Sunday’s mission is not just community service, but also community building. These days, when there are so many forces trying to divide people, it is amazing and inspiring to see so many nice people joining together to focus on what unites us. As many of you also know, Big Sunday Weekend has become the culmination of one year’s service, and the kickoff for another. We’re here, doing projects year-round, and if you’re ever looking to get involved, let us know! There’s always someone that can use your help. In the meantime, please share your Big Sunday Weekend story by email, on our Facebook page, or any other way you like; many people would love to hear it. And check out some fantastic videos from this weekend on YouTube, too.

On behalf of Sherry, Randye, Dylan, Gabe, Suzanne and the entire Big Sunday team, thank you all so much for everything,


Tired but happy,

David T. Levinson
Founder and Executive Director
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