On Saturday, May 19, 2012, volunteers at the Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic donated their time to provide local families with access to much-needed mental health services and community resources. Held at the Clinic’s flagship site at3787 South Vermont Avenue, the event attracted the attention of parents and children alike with its festive banners and dancing balloon man, and featured pony rides, magic shows, and free food for the whole family.
As it had every year for the last 13 years, FunFest offered a day of family-oriented fun for parents and their young children alongside access to essential community and health resources. These services included medical and dental screenings; WIC, Cal Fresh, Head Start, and Medi-Cal/Healthy Families enrollment; healthy nutrition workshops; and mental health screenings. Participating community organizations included: El Nido, USC Ostrow School of Denistry,Hubert Humphries Medical Center,CalFresh/DPSS, El Nido, First 5 LA,South Central Family Health Center,CADepartment of Insurance, USC Explorers, USC Kid Watch, Great Beginnings for Black Babies, South Los Angeles Health Project, Network for a Healthy California and the LA Lead Department.
Close to 100 volunteers worked to make the event possible for its 850 attendees. Volunteers from local businesses El Clasificado, 1st Enterprise Bank, and UltraPro formed teams to contribute their time to the community. To the delight of the children, the Los Angeles Fire Department Station #15 made a surprise appearance under the direction of Captain Burgess.
This year, the Clinic emphasized healthy eating habits at FunFest through a revamping of the traditional snack station fare. The Clinic provided healthy alternatives to festival food, including organic, salt-free seasoned popcorn, sugar-free sno-cone syrup, turkey dogs, and organic refreshments courtesy of Honest Tea.
Happy families thanked the volunteers on their way out. “This is such a great event for the whole family,” remarked one mother. “We’ll be sure to come back next year.”