Debrief: EAA Outreach Returns To Harbor Interfaith

EAA_Logo_shield_2cLast Friday, April 7th marked the second year running that EAA Outreach has hosted a mini fair for the kids at Harbor Interfaith Services, a non profit organization serving the South Bay of Los Angeles, City District 15. Much like the weather forecast for that day, attendance was expected to be somewhere in the high sixties to low seventies and that did not even include the accompanying parents. Fortunately, EAA Outreach was able to recruit eight volunteers to pitch in and lend a hand with the festivities. Before we proceed any further with this debrief, take a second to acknowledge the commitments of the following:

  • Victor Cendana (EAA Union Steward)
  • Benjamin Ortiz (EAA Union Steward)
  • Ling Kaufman (EAA Union Steward)
  • Mark Santistevan (MOU 21 Governor, Outreach Committee, EAA Union Steward)
  • Jack Kayajian (Unit Council MOU 1, EAA Union Steward)
  • Sandra Valenti (EAA Staff)
  • Jennifer Abrillo (Volunteer)
  • Brenna Green (EAA Staff)
  • Malcolm Davies (EAA Staff)
  • Elaina Brown (EAA Member)

If not for their efforts, this particular outreach could have easily gone haywire as a clerical error on the part of the vendor very nearly ruined everything. Thanks to some quick thinking, we were able to improvise to great effect as you can see in the photo carousel below. 

Notice anything missing from the photos? There was no Icee® station; there was no popcorn machine; and there was no cotton candy drum. There was, however, catering provided generously by Jersey Mike’s and a nearby convenience store stocked full of Easter themed treats and party favors. What had originally been planned as a mini fair quickly morphed into an early Easter egg hunt. The kids, being the happy-go-lucky souls that they are, totally loved it which in the end is what ultimately mattered. 

It should be noted that the vendor has offered to provide equipment rentals at no charge, which potentially makes it possible to set up a redo date for the mini fair some time this summer. If and or when this does happen, be sure to keep an eye on your inboxes (Update Your Contact Information) and tabs on the EAA Calendar for an announcement regarding the mini fair. EAA Outreach could always use volunteers.

…and now a special thank you from Harbor Interfaith Services’s Executive Director Tahia Hayslet to the Engineers & Architects Association:

logo“The mission of Harbor Interfaith is to empower the homeless and working poor to achieve self-sufficiency by providing support services including shelter, transitional housing, food, job placement, advocacy, childcare, education, and life-skills training.”

Harbor Interfaith Services is a non-profit organization serving the South Bay communities of Los Angeles, California including San Pedro, Harbor City, Harbor Gateway, Lomita, Torrance, Wilmington and Long Beach.

In 2014, HIS assisted over 31,000 homeless and working poor people by providing the comprehensive services they need to lift themselves out of poverty and onto the road of self-sufficiency.