SACRAMENTO – This week, Assemblymember Bloom announced his pick for the 50th Assembly District’s Nonprofit of the Year, joining 100 other California state legislators by selecting a nonprofit within their district that have gone above and beyond serving the community the previous year. This annual effort – in its sixth year – creates a way for California legislators to recognize exceptional nonprofits in their district.
“Nonprofits play a critical role in the fabric of California – especially throughout the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Assemblymember Bloom, “There is no lack of worthy recipients we could honor in AD 50, but I am pleased to announce that we have chosen both the Topanga COVID Coalition and Hollywood Harvest.”
The Topanga COVID Coalition and Hollywood Harvest both evolved from small groups of concerned neighbors concerned with the rapid spread of COVID-19 and the impact that would have among their communities. Members of the community, using their personal and professional connections, formed these coalitions to provide food and other goods to their neighbors in need. This soon evolved into a wide scale effort to increase services to seniors and families in need as health issues kept seniors homebound, and job losses hit local families hard. The Topanga COVID Coalition and Hollywood Harvest found the ways and means – including many willing volunteers – to provide services and leverage government aid, often while putting others ahead of themselves.
“As Covid-19 burned through our society, these two nonprofit coalitions stepped up and held firm, adapting and organizing to leverage their skills, communities, and governmental programs to aid those most affected by the crisis.” Bloom continued, “These two coalitions that evolved to serve two distinct communities, one rural, the other urban, exemplifies of the diversity of needs in our district. I am honored to recognize, along with the California Association of Nonprofits, these extraordinary unsung heroes.”
Richard Bloom represents California’s 50th Assembly District, which comprises the communities of Agoura Hills, Bel Air, Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Hollywood, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, Topanga, West Hollywood, and West Los Angeles.