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In Good Company Issue No. 12

Each month we’ll be sharing positive stories that we’re hearing. Join us on this journey as we recognize these resilient companies and individuals that are finding ways to give back to the community. We're proud to be IN GOOD COMPANY.

This month's stories include:

Communities In Schools of Los Angeles (CISLA) provides one-on-one case management for nearly 1,000 at-risk LAUSD students and their families. Since school closures, CISLA's COVID-19 Relief Action Plan has allowed the organization to direct $207,958 to families to help pay rent, bills, and academic costs. The organization has also provided just under $150,000 worth of in-kind donations –including headphones, water, hygiene supplies, PPE, food, and more – to families in need. In total, as a result of their work, 829 families have received case management, 482 families have received emergency funds, and 527 families have received care packages.

Los Angeles Room and Board has transformed what was UCLA's Tri-Delta sorority house into "The Opportunity House," providing a break on room and board to up to 35 foster children who are now college students. Students are in the 18-30 range and, although the hope is that the students are able to pay $300 a month for room and board next year, rent this year is free. Students receive three healthy meals a day from Everytable as well as access to health services, social services, financial literacy training, career development support, and more.

Beyond Yoga donated five percent of all sales from September 11 through September 13 to wildfire relief efforts. In total, the organization raised more than $15,000. The company donated $11,300 toward California fire relief, and $5,000 was donated toward Oregon fire relief.

Greenberg Glusker is proud to announce that –determined to meet the deep needs of its community during this difficult time – it is donating a total of $250,000 between four organizations that address hunger, homelessness, social injustice, and PPE supply. After a firm-wide vote, these organizations were selected and awarded the following amounts: the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank received $75,000, PATH received $75,000, Equal Justice Initiative received $75,000, and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles received $25,000.

Arnold Schwarzenegger offered to personally pay to open the 1,200 polling places that had been closed down in Southern states as a result of a lack of funding to ensure everyone had an equal opportunity to vote and combat voter suppression. He wrote to 6,000 election officials, inviting them to apply for a grant funded by him. He clarified that the grants, dispensed through the Schwarzenegger Institute at the University of Southern California, were non-partisan and would be offered to those who demonstrate the most need.