Every year we have nonprofit partners join our RLI program to facilitate hands-on learning with RLI Fellows. Many of our nonprofit partners return year after year and several of them have RLI alumni now sitting on their boards.
We want to amplify the work and congratulate three of our outstanding nonprofit partners for their recent recognitions - Mar Vista Family Center for being selected for the Super Bowl LVI Legacy Program - Champions Live Here, Food Forward for receiving the same award as well as California Nonprofit of the Year and National Award for Innovation from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in previous years, and to Bunny Hull, the founder of Dream a World Education for being inducted into the Women Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Mar Vista Family Center
Mar Vista Family Center provides low-income families with quality early childhood education, youth enrichment, and educational tools to create positive change in their lives and communities. MVFC provides for more than 300 families, including educational resources for children, youth, and adults through enrichment programs to become successful and constructive members of their community. This year they are being recognized by the Superbowl Legacy Program and also as 2021 Nonprofit of the Year by Assemblymember Autumn Burk.
"After 43 years of serving the community, it feels amazing to be recognized! It’s a celebration of all the individuals that have contributed from the staff to the volunteers and the families who’ve all worked together to create a safe environment for everyone to enjoy. We’re grateful to our funders and partners that have been part of our journey throughout the years. Our hope is that MVFC will continue to be here for another 40 years, fostering new leaders everyday so that the children we serve now will be the ones who become the leaders of the organization in the future.”
During the pandemic MVFC staff, board, and volunteers stepped up to provide assistance to these families. Through computer and internet access for school-aged children, meal distribution, home assistance, mental health support, college counseling, tutoring, as well as shifting early childhood and youth programs online. Each year, with the support from staff, pa