Business Council Committee:
Steve Beilinson, Senior Vice President
Chief Regional Credit Officer
Vice President, Valley Village Board of Directors
Mark L. Levinson, Esq.
Secretary, Valley Village Foundation Board
Mike Quiroga, Owner Mike’s Roofing & Building
Former Los Angeles City Councilman Director Emeritus, Valley Village Foundation Board
Letter from Committee Members Steve, Mark, Mike and Dennis:
Valley Village needs your help. As fellow members of the San Fernando Valley business community, we ask that you join us to insure this respected San Fernando Valley institution continues to serve the hundreds of adults with developmental disabilities and their families who depend on Valley Village for essential services and model educational programs. You can do this by becoming a charter member in the new Valley Village Business Council.
For more than 45 years, the Valley Village mission has been “to protect, foster, develop and advance the rights and interests of people with developmental disabilities.” The more than 400 adults who live in Valley Village’s 18 residences or participate in their day programs play an important role in our community. They benefit from the diverse culture on display at local festivals, enjoy outings to landmarks such as the Getty Museum, cheer at sporting events and delight in visits to the zoo. Just as the community enriches their lives, they enrich the community.
But this would not be possible without private support from companies, foundations and individuals. While Valley Village currently receives a significant portion of its operating budget from Federal, State and Local governments, these allocations fluctuate each year. At the same time, the costs to operate a complex system of housing, medical care and educational services rise at an alarming rate. In addition, the need for more facilities and services increases as the population of adults with developmental disabilities grows. Consequently, Valley Village is implementing a more robust fundraising and donor relations program to encourage community support that can make the critical difference in the organization’s ability to provide a full range of services that its clients need and rely on. This means that support from private parties has become absolutely essential.
The four of us have been involved with this organization for a combined total of more than 40 years. During that time, we have been able to view the world through the eyes of the Valley Village clients. We have been moved by their delight in even small things, and found that by sharing a moment with them, we enjoy the moment a little more. 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.
Good corporate citizenship is about giving back to your community. By supporting organizations that serve the community, businesses are investing in the future as well as meeting current needs. Valley Village, with its deep roots in the community and its 45-year record of serving those in need of special services, is an organization we are proud to invest in. We invite you to join us.
The Business Council provides a framework to acknowledge your support. There are two levels of recognition: Valley Village Business Council ($500-$2,499) and the Valley Village Business Leaders ($2,500+). Donor benefits include public recognition and networking opportunities and can be found in detail in the attached brochure. As a Business Council member, your company may choose its level of involvement that ranges from making an unrestricted gift to sponsoring a table at one of Valley Village’s annual events to participating in the popular Adopt-a-House program, for example.
By becoming part of the Business Council, you will join a growing number of business leaders who chose to invest in their community by investing in Valley Village. The recognition you receive will identify you as a business leader with a commitment to good corporate citizenship. The personal reward for you and your employees will be the gratitude of Valley Village clients and their families whose lives you will touch with your support.
PS. We extend an open invitation to see our three day campuses and tour our homes. Please contact Matthew Swearman in our main office at (818) 587-9450.