VOLUNTEERS OF EAST LOS ANGELES INC

aka VELA "The Light Of The Community"   |   Los Angeles, CA   |  www.velaela.org
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Mission

VELA is dedicated in Empowering Individuals, Families, and Businesses by Facilitating Access to Resources and Providing Services that will Enhance our Neighborhoods.
The Vision, A Community that is Resilient, Confident, and Healthy, both Physically and Economically.

VELA's intent is to provide the community at large with resources and programs that will foster community self reliance. VELA provides the tools necessary to facilitate growth and stability. By forming alliances with key stakeholders, who share a common vision, VELA makes positive changes with families, individuals, businesses and the community at large.

VELA's programs and resources link families, individuals and businesses with support services, by collaborating with key partners and facilitating a referral system for the common good of the community at large

Ruling year info

2001

Exectuive Director/CEO

Mrs. Joanne Santoyo

Main address

5261 E Beverly Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90022 USA

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EIN

95-4818943

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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VELA Volunteer Program

Volunteers of East Los Angeles, (VELA) “The light of the Community” is committed in raising an awareness of the importance of family cohesiveness and promoting healthy lifestyles in the spirit of volunteerism.  

To accomplish this, VELA implemented various programs, projects and activities aimed at creating a linkage between families and individuals who will volunteer to improve our Community through Volunteerism and by providing services that will enhance our Neighborhood.

Volunteering is a great way to develop new skills and learn the benefits of sharing and helping others as well as being a team player, which are all volunteer traits.  

Volunteers will always take away with them a better sense of community needs, mutual partnerships, leadership skills and increasing self-empowerment.   Many high schools and colleges require their students to serve a certain number of volunteering hours. VELA offers students the means in which to meet those requirements.

Population(s) Served

VELA administers three certified Farmers Markets which are funded through a Community Development Block Grant and supported by Los Angeles County First District Supervisor Hilda Solis. VELA brings these weekly markets to the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County, 1st District, featuring local certified growers with fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables, local artisans, food vendors and community resources. Not only do the Markets bring fresh produce to these areas, they also create business opportunities for local entrepreneurs and for small California farms.

Population(s) Served

The program provides Development Assistance, Advice and needed Resources so small business can prosper. It offers Advertising through eastLAworks.com website and the "Buy Local , Shop Local", marketing campaign that goes on and is supported by participating or creating events and venues so that businesses can participate and the community can attend.

Population(s) Served

VELAS Mural Program, works with the community and the local artist, to revitalize murals of Historical Importance in the community, dating from the Civil Rights Era of the 60's and 70's and commissions the creation of new murals to beautify the local environment.

Population(s) Served

The goal is to work with the schools in providing health and nutrition classes and providing access to fresh produce from the local farmers market.

Population(s) Served

The Handy Worker Program assists low to moderate income homeowners who live in the target areas of unincorporated East Los Angeles, Valinda, Walnut Park, and Avocado Heights with much needed home weatherization, minor repairs, and minor assistance devices at no cost or expense to them. With the home repairs that can be completed under the program, they provide homeowners (and their families) a better quality of life while also strengthening and empowering the communities we service.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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The goal of the agency is to continue to provide services, resources and programming that is beneficial to the community, in fostering self-reliance. VELA will continue to provide the tools necessary to facilitate the growth and stability. By continuing to work with key stake holders, who share the same common vision. VELA has witnessed the changes within the families, businesses and the community that it is working with and will continue to do so.

The agency has continued to work with the development of planning before and after of each program, the implementation of each program, before, during and after. The allocation of budget- dollars to make each program successful. The vital part for the organization for each program is the collection and gathering of data, tracking, the accomplishment, time management and all aspect as it relates to the success of each program and the final outcome an any barriers related to the program..

The agency has continued to work with staff in the deliverables and on-going training and accountability for each program.

The agency continues to seek opportunities with other funding sources and aligning with other key players.

We continue to look at staffing needs, capabilities and their potential of meeting the goals of each program.

The use of volunteers is critical for each program to succeed and we continue to recruit them.

The administrative staff is very hands on with assisting as needed.

We continue to meet our numbers of individuals, families or businesses served on a yearly basis. At it is also broken down by each program guidelines.

Financials

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VOLUNTEERS OF EAST LOS ANGELES INC

Board of directors
as of 8/1/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Alvin Parra


Board co-chair

Mando Santoyo

Professional Staffing Services International

Term: July 2009 - June 2010

Alvin Parra

Omar Loya

Danny Ramos

Deborah Bernal

Jesse Sandoval

Alma Guerrero Board Member

UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families, and Communities

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No