The Pico Robinson Lions’ Club was introduced to All Peoples in 1947. A lady from Wilshire Christian Church approached Bob Brunner, President, of the Lion’s to purchase a tricycle for the daycare program. She only had $5.00. Big hearted Bob Brunner heard the story and decided to give her the tricycle, two wagons and a Christmas tree for the children at All Peoples. This was the beginning of the relationship between the Pico Robertson Lions Club and All Peoples.
In 1959, Bob wrote “For 11 years with Lions my happiest assignment was Chairman of the All Peoples activities. Starting with the wagon donation each year our Christmas parties have grown and now we provide 395 presents, apples, oranges and candy with one of the Lions playing Santa Claus. We donated a $2,000 carry–all Station Wagon (remember the year was 1950). We assisted the children to attend Dodgers and Rams games. Finally, we are donated $650.00 for the furnishings in the daycare.” Bob further stated that “It is a feeling of great satisfaction being a Lion”.
While the Pico Robertson Lions Club no longer exist, beginning in 1987, All Peoples has been adopted by the L.A. Host Lions Club and they have continued to support our youth through the Lark Ellen Foundation. They also support our health fairs with vision screenings. Thanks to Dr. Fredy Perez and all the L.A. Host Lions.
(pictured above) L.A Host Lions Club – 2019 Health Resource and Book Fair
About All Peoples Community Center
All Peoples Community Center (All Peoples) is an all-encompassing neighborhood center whose mission is to provide social services and programs that empower individuals and promote community, respect, and self-determination for all.
Founded in 1942, All Peoples has served as a true safe haven and trusted place for low-income children and families in South Los Angeles. Today, All Peoples provides a myriad of social and educational services to more than 6,600 people per year in its 20,000-square-foot center located in a residential area of South LA’s Vernon-Central neighborhood, immediately south of downtown Los Angeles. Services are designed to achieve the following goals: to help children succeed at each stage of development; to strengthen and support individuals and families and build community; to prevent violence and crime in the community and the home; to address the root causes of gang involvement; to provide job training and create job opportunities; and to help seniors stay active and engaged.
All Peoples is a vibrant hub of activity for children, youth, and families six days a week, year-round. Services include licensed extended day childcare, after school programs, academic tutoring, a computer lab, summer camp, summer jobs, an alternative high school, workforce development and career assistance, financial literacy and education, parenting classes, domestic violence support groups, food distribution, a community micro-garden, a senior volunteer program, and more.
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