Annual Fund

Tommy at Firestation 72

December 2016

Dear Friend of Valley Village,

What does it take to make a great community? At Valley Village, we believe diversity is an essential element to sustaining a thriving, happy community. As we encounter those who are not like us – people who don’t look like us, who worship differently, come from another culture, speak another language, learn differently or have different abilities – our lives are enriched and our understanding of the world is expanded.

The more than 400 adults with developmental disabilities who live in Valley Village’s 18 residences or participate in our day programs are members of your community. They worship with you in your churches and synagogues. They shop in your markets and malls. They attend baseball games, visit the zoo, work in some of your businesses. They are your friends and neighbors. As we look at the world through their eyes, their delight in even small things brings a smile to your face, helps you experience an event differently or enjoy the moment a little more.

For more than 45 years, Valley Village has pursued the mission to protect, foster, develop and advance the rights and interests of people with developmental disabilities. But we can’t do it without your help. As public funding continues to shrink for human services like those provided by Valley Village, we must depend more heavily on charitable giving to make up the difference.

In the give and take of community, Valley Village’s outings offer our clients the chance to learn about other cultures. Weekend outings to multi-cultural festivals such as Chinese New Year Golden Dragon Parade, the San Fernando Valley Greek Festival, Cinco de Mayo, Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade and other events celebrating the diversity of Los Angeles, strengthen cultural connections and provide exposure to traditions, music, stories and food from different traditions and cultures.

Whatever their challenges, the adults served by Valley Village teach us how to be better people and we can be grateful for what they bring to our community.

You can show your gratitude by supporting Valley Village. A gift of $50, $100, $250 can help with the purchase of art supplies or sports equipment, or help to pay for an outing to a hands-on museum, or provide transportation to a concert in the park. And with each of these experiences, you will be touching the life of someone who is enriching your life and your community.

We want to recognize your generosity. Become a Charter Member of the Circle of Friends. To acknowledge you for your support, in 2017, Valley Village will launch a new donor recognition program that will allow us to publicly recognize our most generous donors. With a gift of $1,000 or more, you can become a charter member of the Circle of Friends. Your name will be prominently featured on the Circle of Friends wall for one year. You will be recognized as a Charter Member for as long as you continue to support Valley Village.

We are also introducing the Star Benefactors program, which permanently acknowledges donors for their cumulative lifetime giving, once it reaches $10,000 or more.

We will be announcing the details of these programs soon, and hope you will consider making an end of year gift that would qualify you for the benefits we offer for each level of giving.

As this year comes to a close, think about all the other people – both our clients and their families – who benefit from the services Valley Village offers. Think about what they contribute to your community. Please pledge to do your part to support our programs. It’s an investment in lives. It’s an investment in your community.

With sincere gratitude,

Leela Kapur Judi Prejean
President, Valley Village President, Valley Village Foundation

P.S. We would love to offer you a tour of one of our residences and day programs. Contact Jenny Daniels Freese at (818) 587-9450 to schedule a visit to meet some of our clients and learn more about our programs.