LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers this week are serving the greater Los Angeles community on their 12th annual Community Service Caravan, Pitching in the Community presented by Bank of America. This week-long civic engagement initiative which began today includes participation from Dodger players, alumni and employees and Bank of America volunteers and will continue through Friday, January 30.
Tomorrow through Thursday, Dodger alumni Al Downing, Al Ferrara, Lee Lacy, Kenny Landreaux, Tim Leary, Matt Luke,Dennis Powell, Derrel Thomas and Steve Yeager will lead the Dodgers’ day of Pitching in the Community. Justin Turner will make a special appearance in his hometown of Long Beach on Wednesday.
The Dodgers’ Pitching in the Community presented by Bank of America is a week-long civic engagement initiative where Dodger players, alumni and employees and Bank of America volunteers join together in partnership with community-based organizations to help promote and support work that is positively changing the lives of children, teens and adults in greater Los Angeles. Through this initiative, the Dodgers continue to build on their tradition of community service with the goal of inspiring youth and adults to play, learn, live and serve.
Pitching in the Community also officially launches the Dodgers’ 2015 community relations work. As part of the cultural fabric of Los Angeles, the Dodgers seek to enhance their responsibility to every segment of the L.A. community through meaningful partnerships, programs and events. Community organizations interested in learning more can visit www.dodgers.com/community or can contact the Dodgers’ community relations department by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, January 27:
Day two of Pitching in the Community will feature Dodger alumni Downing, Lacy, Leary and Powell, Dodger employees and Bank of America volunteers who will visit Hollenbeck Middle School for a project with City Year. City Year works to bridge the gap in high-poverty communities between the support that students actually need and what their schools are designed and resourced to provide. In doing so, they are helping to increase graduation rates across the country and changing the lives of the students served.
2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Hollenbeck Middle School
2510 East 6th Street, Los Angeles, 90023
The Dodgers and Bank of America will visit Hollenbeck Middle School to engage with City Year students. They will distribute Dodger hats and T-shirts to the youngsters, then join the group of 100 students in painting the gym and stairwell. City Year students will take a photo with Dodger alumni at the conclusion of the painting project.
Day two of Pitching in the Community will also include a visit to the After-School All-Stars at Cesar Chavez Elementary with Dodger alumni Ferrara, Luke and Powell, Dodger employees and Bank of America volunteers. After-School All-Stars Los Angeles educates, enlightens and inspires young people by providing dynamic and exciting opportunities for success, while cultivating self-esteem, leadership and respect to help build healthier communities.
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
After-School All-Stars at Cesar Chavez Elementary
6139 Loveland Street, Bell Gardens, 90201
The Dodgers and Bank of America will join 130 third and fifth graders who are part of the After-School All-Stars program at Cesar Chavez Elementary for afterschool activities: basketball, ceramics, hip-hop dance, soccer and science projects. The youngsters will also receive Dodger hats and T-shirts. The Dodger character will also be on hand at Cesar Chavez Elementary.
Wednesday, January 28
Dodger alumni Lacy and Leary, Dodger employees and Bank of America volunteers will partake in day three of Pitching in the Community with a visit to Project Angel Food. Project Angel Food cooks and delivers more than 500,000 nutritious meals each year, 10,000 meals a week, free of charge, to the homes of men, women, and children effected by life-threatening illnesses. The vital food and nutrition services, including medically tailored meals and nutritional counseling, help underserved people throughout LA County who are too sick to shop or cook for themselves. Created in response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, they expanded their mission in 2004 to help their neighbors who are struggling with any life-threatening illness burdened by hunger and malnutrition.
8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Project Angel Food
922 Vine Street, Los Angeles, 90038
The Dodgers and Bank of America will join Project Angel Food in preparing 1,200 meals for delivery to individuals suffering from life-threatening illnesses in greater Los Angeles who are in need of nutritious meals. The group will work in prep, cooking and packing stations. Project Angel Food will also receive Dodger aprons, hats and T-shirts.
Dodger alumni Ferrara and Powell, Dodger employees and Bank of America volunteers will also complete a service project at the Downtown Women’s Center as part of day three of Pitching in the Community. Downtown Women’s Center is nationally recognized as a prototype for unique and effective programs serving homeless women and ending homelessness and is one of the first organizations to pioneer permanent supportive housing a proven and cost-effective model to ending homelessness. Services include meals, personalized case management, an on-site medical clinic, health workshops and screenings, computer literacy, government benefits advocacy, support groups, job counseling and self-expression classes.
9:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Downtown Women’s Center
442 S. San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, 90013
The Dodgers and Bank of America will prepare meals and serve lunch to the women and children currently in need of the services that Downtown Women’s Center offers. The group will also receive Dodger aprons, hats and T-shirts.
Dodger alumni Landreaux and Luke, Dodger employees and Bank of America volunteers will also serve the community of Long Beach at the Long Beach Rescue Mission. Justin Turner will join the group in serving his hometown. Long Beach Rescue Mission is a place of healing and hope serving the greater Long Beach community by improving the quality of life of the hurting and homeless through loving and equipping them to be reconciled to God, self, family and society.
10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Long Beach Rescue Mission
1430 Pacific Avenue Long Beach, 90813
The Dodgers and Bank of America will prepare meals, set tables and assist in the Long Beach Rescue Mission’s meal service program. The Long Beach Rescue Mission will also receive Dodger aprons, hats and T-shirts.
Day three of Pitching in the Community concludes with a service project at Union Station Homeless Services in Pasadena with Dodger alumni Downing and Yeager, Dodger employees and Bank of America volunteers. Union Station Homeless Services is part of a premier group of human services agencies in Los Angeles County that are leading the way to ending homelessness in the Pasadena community and is San Gabriel Valley’s largest social service agency assisting homeless and very low-income adults and families. Union Station Homeless Services distribute approximately 3,000 meals per month.
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Union Station Homeless Services
412 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, 91104
The Dodgers and Bank of America will distribute Dodger aprons, hats and T-Shirts then work in preparing approximately 300 meals for two different meal shifts. The group will also assist in clean-up duty before concluding this service project.
Thursday, January 29
Dodger alumni Landreaux, Leary, Powell and Thomas, Dodger employees and Bank of America volunteers will partake in day four ofPitching in the Community with a visit to LAPD’s Harbor Division Station in San Pedro. In order to show gratitude to the many officers who keep Los Angeles safe, the group will join officers for a tour of the Harbor Division station and enjoy lunch together. The group will be joined by Councilmember Joe Buscaino. Located at the entrance of the Port of Los Angeles, the busiest port in the Western Hemisphere, Harbor Community Police Station serves as a beacon, ensuring the safe passage for all those who live and work in the area. Harbor Area has a population of approximately 171,000, encompasses 27 square miles, the largest area in South Bureau, and is home to four distinct communities: San Pedro, Wilmington, Harbor City and the Harbor Gateway.
11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
LAPD Harbor Division Station
2175 John S. Gibson Blvd. San Pedro, 90731
The Dodgers and Bank of America will be welcomed by Captain III Gerald Woodyard, take a group photo, learn about the history of the LAPD Harbor Division Station and take a tour with officers. The group will also enjoy a catered lunch with the officers and distribute Dodger hats and T-shirts.
Members of the media interested in attending community events tomorrow through Thursday should contact the Dodgers’ Public Relations department by replying to this email or calling (323) 224-1301.
About Bank of America
Bank of America’s commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a strategic part of doing business globally. Our CSR efforts guide how we operate in a socially, economically, financially and environmentally responsible way around the world, to deliver for shareholders, customers, clients and employees. Our goal is to help create economically vibrant regions and communities through lending, investing and giving. By partnering with our stakeholders, we create value that empowers individuals and communities to thrive and contributes to the long-term success of our business. We have several core areas of focus for our CSR, including responsible business practices; environmental sustainability; strengthening local communities with a focus on housing, hunger and jobs; investing in global leadership development; and engaging through arts and culture. As part of these efforts, employee volunteers across the company contribute their time, passion and expertise to address issues in communities where they live and work. Learn more at www.bankofamerica.com/about and follow us on Twitter at @BofA_Community.
The Los Angeles Dodgers franchise, with six World Series championships and 21 National League pennants since its beginnings in Brooklyn in 1890, is committed to a tradition of pride and excellence. The Dodgers are dedicated to supporting a culture of winning baseball, providing a first-class, fan-friendly experience at Dodger Stadium, and building a strong partnership with the community. With the highest cumulative fan attendance in Major League Baseball history, and a record of breaking barriers, the Dodgers are one of the most cherished sports franchises in the world.
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