Lions Club has BBQ for police DAPS program, YMCA to hold America on the Move Walk-A-Thon

BY GEOFF MALEMAN

In the midst of an economy that has businesses throughout the country struggling to stay afloat, Los Angeles World Airports is doing its part to reach out to local small businesses and help them benefit from the economic engine that is Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

Through LAWA’s Business and Job Resources Center, airport tenants, prime contractors and the department itself are connecting with local businesses, job seekers and students in the communities most impacted by the agency’s three airports — LAX, Ontario International Airport and Van Nuys Airport.

“One of our core values is ensuring that local businesses and community residents enjoy full participation and access to airport contracting and employment opportunities,” said Joyce Sloss, director of the center. “At this critical juncture in our history and our economy, we are more committed than ever to initiating programs that stimulate business and create jobs.”

By visiting www.lawa.org/bjrc/, those interested in doing business with LAWA can search business opportunities and learn more about the contracting process at LAWA. The site also provides details about how to complete a variety of forms, including those required to qualify as MBE (Minority Business Enterprise), WBE (Woman Business Enterprise), and DBE (Disadvantage Business Enterprise).

Individuals can also benefit by visiting a list of individual job postings ranging from airport police officers to shuttle drivers. In addition, a variety of airport tenants and concessionaires also post job openings on the site.

While airport and aviation professionals are in demand, many students are unaware of these rewarding, high-potential careers. Others are simply unable to get a foot in the door.

Through the Business and Job Resources Center, local college and high school students can learn more about LAWA’s Gateways Internship Program, which is specifically designed to open doors to a career path in the aviation industry for young people in the communities surrounding LAX.

The program offers paid and unpaid internships, where the objective is to provide valuable exposure to aviation-related careers, as well as significant real-world work experience.

“Our business and employment outreach, educational internships and bond assistance programs are empowering and enriching the communities that fuel LAWA’s growth,” Sloss said.

“We have developed an interactive website designed to be a one-stop shop for our business and community stakeholders for greater transparency and access to airport business and employment opportunities and educational internships for local students.”

DAPS HOLD ANNUAL SWIM

The Venice-Marina Lions Club hosted a barbecue and pool party August 26th at Lion member Sue Levitt’s home to congratulate the Los Angeles Police Department’s Pacific Division Deputy Auxiliary Police Services (DAPS) members for a year of progress in the program.

DAPS is an outreach youth program for boys and girls between the ages of nine and 13 that helps develop a positive relationship with police officers.

YMCA TO HOLD WALK-A-THON

The Westchester Family YMCA will hold its America on the Move Walk-A-Thon from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, September 26th at Westchester High School’s running track.

Proceeds from the event will support the YMCA’s physical education psychomotor programs that have been established in a variety of local schools to help promote fitness and prevent childhood obesity.

Early entry fees are $15 per walker ($25 on the day of the event) and include a pedometer and T-shirt. A variety of awards will be given, including for the best themed team, the team with the most steps and the team with the most money raised.

The walk will be followed by a barbecue dinner celebration and awards banquet.

To register, www.active.com/donate/westchesterwalk/.

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