Archives for June 2012


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Los Angeles, California 90024

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Many of you already know and have worked on or lobbied for this vitally
important legislation, AB 1244.

This bill will give us and our special needs children/adults options on how to
use State and Federal funds — where they will live, how they will live, where they will work and who will work with them.

If you want or you need more information about it, go to —
— and sign the petition while you’re there.


We all have to band together and besiege the office of Senator Rod Wright of Inglewood in strong and vocal support of the Self-Determination bill for our special needs children/adults. Besiege Senator
Wright’s office, politely of course, and sway the Senator and his staff with your passionate concern for our children’s future.

Spread the word as far and as fast as you can among your wider circle of friends in the special needs community. And call Senator Wright’s
office NOW, before you forget — (916) 615- 4025

It’ll only take a few minutes (or seconds in most cases) of your time to make the call and it
could make the world of difference. As a community, as a constituency of citizens and voters, we have the power to change things for the
better. Tell Senator Wright he has to stand up for what is right. If enough of our voices are heard, we will not be denied. And neither will our children.

“Self-Determination: My Life, My Future, My Choice!”

COPE Preparedness presents: Map Your Neighborhood en Español event

ENLA member COPE Preparedness has developed a great community emergency preparedness program that is now being offered in Spanish for the first time!

COPE Flyer-Spanish to see the new program!

Click here to view program flier in English.

2012 Governor’s Volunteering and Service Awards Deadline This Friday

You can nominate individuals, organizations, funders, business partners – lots of options from which to choose.
You can apply online; go to
Please note:  application deadline is this Friday, June 29.
For more information, contact Alice Rodriguez at
Nominations Now Open for the
2012 Governor’s Volunteering and Service Awards
Honoring Outstanding California Volunteers, Organizations and Companies
That Make a Positive Impact in Local Communities Across the Golden State
SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. has opened nominations for the 2012 Governor’s Volunteering and Service Awards. This annual CaliforniaVolunteers event inspires Californians as they learn of amazing feats of service taking place statewide.
“Everyday, Californians make the state stronger through countless hours of volunteerism. This spirit of service is especially important during these tough budget and economic times,” said the Secretary of Service and Volunteering Karen Baker. “The Governor’s Volunteering and Service Awards celebrates the trailblazing work of California’s top volunteers, and we encourage Californians to nominate the best and brightest now.”
Nominations will be accepted in the following categories:

·         California’s Volunteer of the Year
Honors an outstanding Californian whose volunteer service is exemplary and inspirational.

·         California’s Nonprofit of the Year
Honors an outstanding California nonprofit that has shown an extraordinary ability to leverage volunteers in service to their organization.

·         California’s Business Volunteer Program of the Year
Honors an outstanding California business with an innovative, high-impact volunteer program.

·         California’s Small Business Volunteer Program of the Year
Honors an outstanding California small business with an innovative, high-impact volunteer program.

·         California’s Foundation of the Year
Honors an outstanding California foundation that has made a successful investment in service and volunteer models in addressing community needs.

·         California’s Faith-Based Organization of the Year
Honors an outstanding faith-based organization that actively engages volunteers in addressing community needs.

·         California’s Service Group of the Year
Honors an outstanding California service group that has demonstrated an unwavering service commitment to the local community.

·         California’s AmeriCorps Member of the Year
Honors an outstanding California AmeriCorps member who has made a substantial impact to their community.

The deadline to submit a nomination for a Governor’s Volunteering and Service Awards is Friday, June 29, 2012. To make your nomination, please visit
The Governor’s Volunteering and Service Awards will be presented at an awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Tuesday, July 31, 2012.
The Governor’s Volunteering and Service Awards ceremony is graciously sponsored by the Shinnyo-en Foundation.
About CaliforniaVolunteers
CaliforniaVolunteers is the state office that manages programs and initiatives to increase the number of Californians involved with service and volunteering, including the state AmeriCorps program and the California Disaster Corps. Through the innovative website,, individuals and families can find more than 50,000 volunteer opportunities throughout the state, involving education, the environment, youth, and disaster preparedness. For more information, please visit

Voter Accessibility Poll

View this article to access an online survey for disabled voters to asses polling place accessibility. Feel free to pass along.

ENLA updating website using responsive design

Keep an eye out in the coming weeks for an updated ENLA website, featuring responsive design. This technology will automatically re-size and re-configure the ENLA website on mobile devices – phones, tablets, etc. This is just another effort to make ENLA information and resources accessible to everyone, all the time. Here’s a great article on responsive design from the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

How has your organization changed its web presence to make the information more accessible? Do you think it’s working?


June Board Meeting

Thursday June 14, 2012 – Thursday June 14, 2012

947 S. Hoover Street

View MapMap and Directions | Register


Join us for ENLA’s monthly board meeting, which is open to any interested parties.  In June, we will be meeting at our regular location.