The El Nido’s Junior Board of Directors held their 3rd Annual Barrels & Bottles Benefit, a fun evening of wine tasting led virtually by an incredible sommelier, on Friday, August 21st, 2020. Attendees participated in a virtual wine tasting led by Helen from Helen’s Wines.
Proceeds go to El Nido Family Centers, a non-profit organization creating pathways for low-income families to break the cycles of inter-generational poverty, homelessness, child abuse, violence, and teen pregnancy in Los Angeles.
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, El Nido Family Centers has served as an essential resource for at-risk families throughout Los Angeles. Their centers have remained open and delivered more than $2.5 million in emergency funds to hundreds of families.
Thank you to all our donors for your support raising critical funding to support the organization’s response to the COVID-19 crisis. While the impact of the pandemic is being felt by nearly every segment of society, for those already facing challenges—such as El Nido’s service population—the impact is devastating and your support goes a long way.
The Junior Board’s mission focuses specifically on raising funds for a subset of the El Nido’s program activities, which is to help at-risk youth transition successfully to higher education and careers. This is particularly important during these unprecedented times: the pandemic has been challenging for all of us, and many of the organization’s clients are facing significant financial and personal obstacles that have only been exacerbated by recent events.
During the past few months, El Nido’s workforce development and higher education programs (such as the Culinary, Business, and Tech Academies) have gotten creative and transitioned to providing a range of virtual support to its youth clientele, such as the Virtual Career Exploration Program and virtual meet & greets for those pursuing higher education.
In addition, the organization continues to provide critical scholarships and other assistance for youths either pursuing higher education or entering the workforce for the first time.
Thank You to our donors for helping to make a difference for youth struggling through this crisis.