THE YMCA OF METROPOLITAN LOS ANGELES PARTNERS WITH THE RAMESH AND KALPANA BHATIA FAMILY FOUNDATION TO PROVIDE FREE BACKPACKS TO STUDENTS IN UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES
(September 28, 2021/Los Angeles, CA) - A partnership between the YMCA-LA and the Ramesh and Kalpana Bhatia Family Foundation provided students in South Los Angeles and the Valley with access to free backpacks and school supplies.
The Bhatia Family Foundation’s generous gift of $50,000 provided the opportunity to help over one thousand students at Southeast-Rio Vista Family YMCA in Maywood, Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA in East LA, Weingart YMCA Wellness & Aquatic Center in South Los Angeles, and Mid Valley YMCA in Van Nuys start the school year with much needed supplies.
“We are thankful for the generous gift from the Bhatia Family Foundation. It will help us in our effort to make sure students in underserved communities have access to the resources they need to start school with the tools for academic success,” said Victor Dominquez, Executive Vice President & Chief Mission Advancement Officer, YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles.
“At the start of this new school year, we wanted to lend a hand to the kids and families that have endured so much since the start of the pandemic,” said Anita Bhatia, Executive Director, Ramesh and Kalpana Bhatia Family Foundation. “Education is the foundation for all children, and we couldn’t have asked for a better partner than the LA Y to help us provide school essentials to children across Los Angeles.
About Ramesh and Kalpana Bhatia Family Foundation: The Ramesh and Kalpana Bhatia Family Foundation, founded in 2006, is a private family foundation established by Ramesh and Kalpana Bhatia. The Foundation is dedicated to making an impactful change around the world by funding innovative solutions and programs that enrich communities and serve the common good. The Foundation's grant making focuses on local, national, and international organizations that support medical & healthcare research, education, mental health, intellectual and physical diversities, human rights & social justice, women & girls empowerment, and emergency responses. http://www.rkbhatiafoundation.org.
About the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles: The YMCA-LA is committed to rebuilding communities by providing equitable programs and services to empower all Angelenos. The Y-LA is focused on fighting food insecurity, providing equity in education, making sure every child has the opportunity to experience the joy of sports, ensuring kids and teens have a safe place to grow, learn and live a healthy lifestyle. The LA-Y’s health and wellness initiatives offer medical and mental health resources to ensure everyone has access to basic health needs. During the pandemic, the LA-Y became the safety net for millions of Angelenos. They provided millions of meals, hundreds of thousands hours of free child care, arranged critical blood drives, provided showers for the homeless, flu and COVID vaccines as well as medical and mental health assistance. Visit ymcala.org for more information.
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