Cory’s Kitchen has been helping those in need for over 20 years. In July of 2001, Cory’s Kitchen incorporated as a non-profit, charitable organization (501(c)3) called Cory’s Kitchen, Inc. They have a core group of about 200 volunteers including counselors, food handlers, typists, data entry operators, and drivers. Additionally, the local Christian College (Azusa Pacific University), local high schools, and several local churches supply a steady stream of new volunteers each week to help them with their task.
Cory’s Kitchen provides emergency food to families in need. They help their neighbors with food, diapers, and toiletries to help prevent homelessness. They also help their homeless neighbor Monday- Wednesday and Friday with fresh fruits, veggies, and sandwiches.
Cory’s Kitchen clients receive more than food. Counselors assess their needs and refer them to jobs and other services, such as: continued education, clothing services, legal services and counseling.
They partner with YMCA to provide food for the high school events in the summer. They also help other organizations with school supplies and other items.
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ACTIVITY:
Cory’s Kitchen Food Pantry has been a member of The Irwindale Chamber of Commerce for over 9 years. They are part of the Non-Profit Alliance committee. Frances Gilek, Operations Manager, is very involved with the Chamber and attends numerous events throughout the year.
They also participate in “The Spirit of Giving” during the Holidays. The Spirit of Giving gives all Non-Profit members the opportunity to submit 3 wishes for which other business members can make come true. In 2018, Cory’s Kitchen Food Pantry received 2 out of 3 wishes.
Through their membership, they have made several connections. One of their BIGGEST donors is Southern California Edison, which are chamber members.
BUSINESS ACCOMPLISHMENTS: State special recognitions or projects, length of time in business and demonstrated leadership.The Irwindale Lions Club Started in 1964 and continues to this day Although Small in Membership the Club is growing and always seeking new members.
COMMUNITY SERVICE: Participation in the Irwindale Educational Foundation, civic and service organizations, charitable activities, religious groups, educational institutions & other involvements, such as youth groups. The Irwindale Lions for many years was a sponsor of the Irwindale Scholarship Foundation, They continue to raise funds through proceeds from their Firework Stand and “ Rootin For Kids” Bike Ride. This benefits the City of Hope, Pepe Miranda Scholarship Foundation and needy families with food Gift Cards.
The Irwindale Lions Club Is a strong supporter and sponsor of the Terisita Pines Camp in Wrightwood. This is a camp for all including the Blind and deaf.
The Irwindale Lions Sponsored Sierra Vista High School “Leos Club” and it was chartered with 53 Members. The students got to help Lions with Rose Parade Float decorating for the first time.
The Lions also collect used eyeglasses to be refurbished and donated to those with vision problems.
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ACTIVITY: Cornerstone Club, Board of Directors, Ambassadors, or other committees, any other contributions such as product donations or sponsorships.
ARROW AUTOMOTIVE SERVICES
Since 1947, customers have trusted their vehicles safety to Arrow Automotive for everything from preventative maintenance to a wide variety of mechanical and fleet automotive services. Arrow Automotive offers a complete line of automotive repair services to their neighbors in Azusa, Baldwin Park, Covina, Glendora, Irwindale, Monrovia, San Dimas, and West Covina. Clients include City of Irwindale, California Custom Fruits and Flavors, Charter and more.
Owners, Dawn DeVroom and Dave Nguyen have created an independent mechanical garage based on integrity and quality workmanship. It is a standard practice to allow our customers to watch the repairs being performed or provide a ‘show and tell’ explanation of what their car requires. Old parts are provided to the customers and estimates provided match the invoice presented at the time of payment. Trust and integrity is a standard practice for all of the employees at Arrow. Quality workmanship starts with Dave. His 35 years of experience in the automotive industry gives him the advantage of knowledge that is seasoned with time. Incorporate these skills with up to date ASE certifications and exemplary management of a well-trained team of mechanics……the customer reaps the rewards with accurate and timely service.
Arrow’s community involvement has always been an integral part of doing business in a community where the principals and employees work and live. They have been a charitable contributor to Haynes Family of Programs in La Verne, Our Neighborhood Homework House in Azusa and the Irwindale Library Foundation. Arrow Automotive was the recipient of the Small Business Award by Assemblywoman Blanca Rubio in 2017.
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ACTIVITY
Arrow Automotive Services has been an active member since 2010 and Dawn DeVroom has served on the Chamber board of directors from 2012-2017 including serving as chair of the Board in 2015. Dawn served as Co-Chair the Irwindale Chamber Golf Tournament for the past two years. Dawn DeVroom was awarded Business Person of the Year in 2015 and Arrow Automotive Service has been awarded Business of the Month numerous times over the years for their community and business relationships. These acknowledgements are just the extension of how their employees, community and most importantly their customers are treated……like Family!
City of Hope is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of people with cancer, diabetes and other serious illnesses. Their mission is to transform the future of health care by turning science into a practical benefit, hope into reality. We accomplish this by providing outstanding care, conducting innovative research and offering vital education programs focused on eliminating these diseases.
Founded in 1913, City of Hope is one of only 49 comprehensive cancer centers in the nation, as designated by the National Cancer Institute. Their role as leaders in patient care, basic and clinical research, and the translation of science into tangible benefit is widely acknowledged.
The City of Hope community includes research associates, scientists, doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, graduate students, fundraising specialists, marketing professionals, volunteers and an extensive support staff. They are united by the desire to find cures, save lives and transform the future of health. Every discovery they make and every new treatment they create gives people the chance to live longer, better and more fully.
Over the decades, research conducted at City of Hope has led to significant advances in modern medicine, including the development of the first synthetic human insulin, human growth hormone and the technology behind the widely used cancer-fighting drugs Herceptin, Rituxan and Avastin.
Today, City of Hope has been designated as a comprehensive cancer center, the highest recognition bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, and is a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, with research and treatment protocols that advance care throughout the nation.
At City of Hope, they strive to benefit the communities in their service areas by decreasing health disparities in multiple ways. Those include creating major institutional shifts in thinking about community benefits, organizing thoughtful community collaborations and partnerships, and addressing the root causes that create barriers to good health.
Designating community benefit programs as an institutional priority has increased the urgency about creating meaningful, impactful programs that meet the needs of the vulnerable populations in the City of Hope service area. By instituting a comprehensive 2018-2021 Community Benefit Implementation Strategy, they are viewing existing and future programs through a lens that places vulnerable populations at the forefront of our planning process.
This institutional commitment is fostering collaboration among City of Hope employees participating in community benefit activities. By making community benefit a priority, we're taking a more strategic focus on the needs that are critical to our service area, and creating pathways for health and healing.
At City of Hope, our mission is to provide their service area with community benefit that decreases health disparities. They achieve this through efforts to address the root causes that create barriers to good health. Knowing that exercise and a healthy lifestyle reduces the risks of cancer, diabetes and other chronic diseases, they have established the Healthy Living Community Grant Program.
The Healthy Living Community Grant Program is awarding $5,000 grants to groups/organizations that can demonstrate not-so-ordinary, sustainable and collaborative approaches to promoting healthy living through good nutrition, physical activity, cancer and diabetes prevention or smoking cessation. Applicants must provide services, for vulnerable populations, within the Greater San Gabriel Valley.
2018 HEALTHY LIVING GRANTEES
• Tzu Chi Medical Foundation-Tzu Chi Cancer Awareness Program.
• American Heart Association
• Asian American, Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander Health Initiative (AANHPI).
• Charles R. Drew University-Move Your Feet Then Eat.
• Common Threads – LA office-Common Threads Garden Bites: Experiential Garden and Nutrition, Education for Children.
• City of Montclair-Montclair Medical Clinic: Improving the Social Determinants of Health.
• Mychal’s Learning Place-Afterschool Program.
• Inland Valley Council of Churches – Inland Valley Hope Partners-Healthy Living.
2018 CITY OF HOPE COMMUNITY BUILDING GRANT RECIPIENTS
San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership -Healthy San Gabriel Valley. The primary health strategy that this project will tackle is: to promote changes in government policies and built environments that help people lead healthier lives.
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ACTIVITY
City of Hope has been an Irwindale Chamber member for over 20 years and a Cornerstone Club member for almost 10 years. Victor Benavides, City of Hope Manager of Government and Community Relations currently serves on the Board of Directors and is a past Chair of the Board. Over the years, City of Hope has consistently been represented on the Chamber Board of Directors
They have been prominent sponsors of our legislative leadership luncheon, Young Citizen of the Year, the State of the City Luncheon, Honoring our First Responders Breakfast, the annual awards and installation dinner, the Milestone and Environmental Leadership Awards Luncheon as well as the Chamber’s annual golf tournament.
City of Hope has been recognized as the Irwindale’s Business of the Month in 2007 and 2015 and in 2012 was selected to be the Joe DiShanni Business of the Year.
City of Hope was awarded the following Environmental Awards for the following
2010 Environmental Innovation
2014 Energy Preservation
Embassy Suites has been in business since 1982. Embassy Suites by Hilton, part of Hilton Worldwide’s portfolio of fourteen brands is a full service brand that offers both leisure and business travelers an approachable, upscale experience with best in class customer service, that anticipates travelers’ needs and delivers what matters most to them.
The newly renovated Embassy Suites Arcadia Pasadena Area, conveniently located near Pasadena, Monrovia, Irwindale and City of Industry. The hotel is close to Santa Anita Park, the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, Santa Anita Racetrack, Norton Simon Museum and Huntington Library Gardens. In 2018 the hotel completed a multi-million dollar renovation.
Embassy Suites was recognized as the 2017 Business of the Year by the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce and won best booth décor at the 2017 Taste of Arcadia.
Embassy Suites Arcadia/Pasadena are fortunate to have a management company, WCG Hotels and a General Manager that support the employee team in giving back to the community.
The Embassy Suites Arcadia/Pasadena has partnered with many organization that are close to their hearts. One organization has been Foothill Unity, where they spend several hours a year in supporting the charitable organization by participating in the back to school program for underprivileged youth from K-12, filling and handing out basic school supplies. Embassy Suites also helps out during the holidays by volunteering employee time to help fill Thanksgiving meal orders, and assisting seniors and single mothers by taking the items and loading them into the family vehicles.
Embassy Suites Arcadia/Pasadena, also raises money annually and attends the CHOC walk as a team at Disneyland for CHOC (Children Hospital of Orange County). They also participate each year in Toys for Tots in partnering with the US Marines to gather toys to bring joy at Christmas time to kids in the area. Embassy Suites also volunteers for the Irwindale Educational Foundation BBQ to help raise money for local student scholarships.
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ACTIVITY
The Embassy Suites Arcadia/Pasadena is a member of three local chambers of commerce and three of their management level staff serve in various leadership roles at each of these local chambers. Embassy Suites is represented on the Irwindale Chamber Board of Directors. and also has has two very engaged and dynamic employees who serve as Irwindale Chamber Ambassadors for over 3 years.
Embassy Suites has been very generous in donating volunteer time and items to raffle off at many Chamber events over the years.
The MillerCoors Irwindale Brewery has been an icon in the San Gabriel Valley for over 45 years and in Irwindale, they began production in1980. They have been a leader in the community as one of the founding members of the Irwindale Chamber of Commerce. MillerCoors continues to demonstrate their commitment to the environment by focusing on more efficient energy use and using renewables such as solar power. They are known for their commitment to managing and reducing greenhouse gas emissions and limiting climate-related risks. They are certified as a land-fill free brewery. They have received numerous awards for their environmental initiatives from both State and local officials and agencies.
Their commitment to their employees and the community is just as strong. This year, they were recognized this year with a Blue Ribbon Award by Labor 411 for being a socially responsible business and a great union facility. Their employees are committed to brewing, packaging and distributing the best beer in the business!
MillerCoors and their employees actively support several organizations with their time and donations. A few of these organizations include United Way LA, The Heroes Project, Adopt a Soldier, Guide Dogs of America, City of Hope, Pacific Clinics, Irwindale Educational Foundation, Tour de Pier, Baker to Vegas, Pasadena Black History Parade, American Cancer Society, Shoes That Fit, CHP 11-99 Foundation Not on Our Watch, and many more. The company also supports over 200 non-profit organizations each year by providing products for a variety of fundraising events.
Chamber of Commerce Activity
MillerCoors has participated on the Board of Directors since the Chamber was formed in 1980. They are actively involved and support several events throughout the year. They have been Cornerstone members and continuously give above and beyond for Chamber events.
Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center is a part of an integrated health care delivery system serving the community and more than 292,000 members in the San Gabriel Valley. A team of highly qualified physicians, nurses, and staff are committed to providing safe, accessible, high-quality, and culturally sensitive health care to all members. The 272-bed facility provides a full array of health care services, including primary, specialty, surgical, obstetrical, and emergency services.
Baldwin Park Medical Center is a 9-1-1 receiving hospital that has met the standards of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services approved accreditation body as a Primary Stroke Center and has been approved as a Stroke Center by the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency.
Minimally invasive hysterectomy is done in more than 80% of patient cases resulting in a faster and less painful recovery. Baldwin Park’s Orthopedic Oncology Department provides specialized services for patients throughout Kaiser Permanente Southern California.
The medical center is supported by satellite medical offices in the surrounding communities of City of Industry, Diamond Bar, Montebello, San Dimas, West Covina, and Irwindale (2019).
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Participation in the Irwindale Educational Foundation, civic and service organizations, charitable activities, religious groups, educational institutions & other involvements, such as youth groups.
Kaiser Permanente sponsors several Irwindale events such as the Legislative Leadership Reception, First Responder's Breakfast, Irwindale Educational Foundation's BBQ on the Green, Irwindale Senior Health Fair, and the Irwindale Music in the Park event where back-to-school supplies were donated.
In 2017, Kaiser Permanente’s overall Community Benefit investment in the San Gabriel Valley was 28 million. This contribution helps address unmet health and social needs and is provided through grants and donations for community based programs, medical care, educational programs for youth., and community health education. In addition, Kaiser Permanente also coordinates outreach programs in the broader community such as:
• Domestic Violence Campaign, a month-long collection drive that takes place in October in partnership with Congresswoman Judy Chu and Congresswoman Grace Napolitano and local women’s shelters to provide women and children’s clothing, toiletries, and school supplies to victims of domestic violence in the San Gabriel Valley.
• Community Surgery Day, a partnership with East Valley Community Health Center where uninsured, low-income patients from throughout the San Gabriel Valley receive free surgical procedures.
• Participation in numerous community health fairs, walks, career days, and speaker presentations.
Chamber of Commerce Activity:
Kaiser Permanente participates as a Cornerstone Club member, is represented on the Board of Directors and makes significant contributions to Chamber events and programs in the of form of product donations or sponsorships. Reyna Del Haro, Director of Public Affairs, serves on the Board of Directors.
The Santa Anita Family Y facility opened in 1986. In October 2016, the Y added Irwindale and Azusa to it's official service area.
At the Y, strengthening the community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.
What We Do
The Y makes accessible the support and opportunities that empower people and communities to learn, grow and thrive. With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y nurtures the potential in every youth and teen, improves the nation’s health and well-being and provides opportunities to give back and support neighbors.
The Y is, and always will be dedicated to building healthy, confident, connected and secure children, adults, families and communities. Every day our impact is felt when an individual makes a healthy choice, when a mentor inspires and child and when a community comes together for the common good.
The Y: We're for Youth Development, Healthy Living, Social Responsibility
The YMCA of Los Angeles has been making a positive impact in our communities for over 130 years. Our 26 branches stretch across over 100 miles of Los Angeles County, from Antelope Valley to San Pedro. Our membership community is 264,500 strong. Membership is open to all, with financial assistance available to those who cannot afford it. This year, the LA Y helped 1 out of 3 member families with financial assistance.
We cannot do our work alone, extending our work with over 200 community partners across the county, including schools, hospitals, clinics, cities and other civic organizations.
The Santa Anita Family YMCA is a member of several chambers of commerce and participates with the Irwindale Chamber's Non Profit Alliance. They have worked with Our Neighborhood Homework House in Azusa and have offered sliding scale fees for YMCA programs to low income families in the Irwindale area. Santa Anita Family YMCA recently participated with Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park KIDFEST. Free membership is offered for teens during the months of June and July.
Chamber of Commerce Activity
The Santa Anita YMCA has been an active member of the Irwindale Chamber and its Non Profit Alliance since January 2017. Their representatives are regular attendees at mixers, breakfasts and ribbon cuttings and volunteered for the Chamber's Golf Tournament in 2017 and 2018. the Santa Anita YMCA understands the importance of connecting with Chamber members and has given business opportunities to several chamber members. Executive Director, Eric Boyd is always ready to help the Chamber out wherever he can.
Visit their website at: https://www.ymcala.org/santa-anita
AMC provides Strategic IT Services to local government, business and non-profit organizations in Southern California. AMC has been in business for over 15 years.
Year after year, AMC is named one of the top 500 fastest-growing Ingram Micro SMB channel partners in the US. Founded in 2002 and headquartered in California, AMC has received numerous accolades from local governments and business periodicals including Business of the Month and Business of the Year. Voted one of the best places to work in technology – AMC is comprised of a passionate staff who love what they do and commit to ongoing learning to ensure the success of their clients. Over 100,000 professionals have entrusted AMC to secure, enhance, and thrive their organization through business building technology.
We offer and manage personalized business building technology solutions to medium and large sized companies in Southern California. AMC provides clients the umbrella of security and comfort necessary to focus on their goals and vision. We do what we do because we love technology, and have a passion for finding ways to utilize it to enhance processes and people's lives. Our goal is to help you thrive, and we do it by taking a holistic view of your business. We are technology experts, but technology is only a component of what we do. We are a true business partner.
AMC's Purpose is TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF OUR EMPLOYEES, CLIENTS, PARTNERS AND COMMMUNITY IN A MANNER THAT INSPIRES OTHERS TO DO THE SAME
AMC is a 2018 contributor to the Irwindale Educational Foundation as a Scholarship Sponsor. AMC partners with YearUp (www.yearup.org) to provide urban young adults with skills, education and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education.
Chamber of Commerce Activity:
AMC's CEO, Anthony Chiappetta has been an active member of the Irwindale Chamber of Commerce for over 12 years. He currently serves on the Chamber's Board of Directors and on the 2018 Golf Tournament Committee. He is always willing to participate and volunteer when the need arises. He has generously shared his expertise with the Chamber on IT issues and questions that come up.
Visit the AMC website: http://www.amcsolutions.com/
Below is a summary of Premiere Career College's accomplishments. For a complete report of all they do for their industry, the community and the chamber, CLICK HERE.
Premiere Career College is the fulfillment of a dream of dedicated educators who for almost four decades have devoted their lives to promoting a sincere, honest, and student-oriented vocational training. Since 1979, Fe Ludovico-Aragon and Enrique Aragon have been involved in allied health education. Their passion for quality vocational training grew when they saw how it drastically improved the quality of students' lives.
Witnessing displaced homemakers, dislocated and injured workers, migrants from underprivileged countries, and young people in general become successful and productive members of society inspired them to pioneer quality vocational training programs. Soon, their vision became a reality. In November 1991, loaded with hope and enthusiasm, Premiere Career College was born. The College officially opened and the first classes started in March, 1992. For more than two decades, it has trained and placed thousands of students from all walks of life into productive occupations.
Premiere Career College is dedicated to helping the community that we have considered home for the last 27 years. We have provided Allied Health Education and have provided a dedicated workforce in the hospital and medical offices within the 30-50 mile radius from our location.
Described below are just some of the community services we have been involved in:
a) Annual Participation and monetary support for medical missions to marginalized communities of Mexico and the Philippines in collaboration with the Far Eastern University Medical Alumni Association headed by Dr. Robinson Baron.
Dr. Robinson Baron is a surgeon in Covina, California and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area including Citrus Valley Medical Center -lntercommunity Campus and PIH Health Hospital -Whittier. He received his medical degree and has been in practice for more than 20 years.
b) Participation and Monetary support to the community service activities of St. Francis of Rome located at 501 East Foothill Boulevard, Azusa, California 91702
c) Participation in Relay for Life Events in support of the American Cancer Society fund raising programs for groundbreaking research, crucial patient care programs and education and prevention information.
d) Participation in the National Marrow Donor Program at City of Hope. Our students volunteer to participate in their Be the Match Registry to find a match for bone marrow and blood stem cell transplants for patients suffering from leukemia, lymphoma and other lifethreatening blood diseases.
e) Annual contribution to the Irwindale Public Library to assist in providing access to ideas, knowledge and intellectual resources that satisfy educational and recreational needs of the community.
f) Community Outreach activities during the holidays:
a. Singing Christmas carols in the activity room of nearby nursing homes such as:
i. Sunset Manor -12/8/2017
ii. El Monte Convalescent -12/8/2017
iii. Ramona Rehabilitation Center -12/15/2017
iv. Covina Rehabilitation Center -12/15/2017
b. Toys for Tots -48th Assembly District Toy Drive for Baldwin Park-12/18/2017
g) Annual holiday gift giving to our affiliated clinical sites and community partners to show them our gratitude and spread holiday cheers and goodwill on Christmas.
h) Annual Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinner for all employees/ families, students/families
1. Premiere Career College is committed to providing information to healthcare employees desiring professional enhancement (licensing, certification, exam reviews, etc.). We
have actively participated in the Annual Health Career Fairs provided by the following healthcare facilities:
a. Kaiser Permanente Hospital (Baldwin Park and Los Angeles)
b. Pomona Valley Hospital and Medical Center, Pomona, CA
c. San Antonio Regional Hospital, Upland, CA
d. Methodist Hospital, Arcadia, CA
e. City of Hope, Duarte, CA
f. Monrovia Memorial Hospital, Monrovia, CA
g. Stead Heart Center, Pomona Valley, CA
h. Montclair Hospital Medical Center, Montclair, CA
i. La Verne Medical Center, La Verne, CA
j. East Valley Medical Clinics, West Covina, CA
k. Presbyterian lntercommunity Hospital, Whittier, CA
I. Citrus Valley Health Partners
3. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ACTIVITY
a) Premiere Career College is an active member of the Irwindale Chamber of Commerce for 22 years and became a Cornerstone Club Member in February 2018.
b) Participated and Table sponsor for the following events: