Downey Council PTA H.E.L.P.S.
Barbara J. Riley Community/Senior Center
Phone: (562) 861-9833
7830 Quill Street, Suite S
(Apollo Park ~ Rives & Imperial)
Downey, CA 90242
Wednesdays and Fridays
10:00am to 1:00pm
Closed during all school holidays
Downey Council PTA H.E.L.P.S. program is run completely by volunteers.
The office is manned by PTA members. PTA's schools, the City of downey,
Community Oraganizations, Businesses and Individual Citizens offer
their support throughout the year. Their generous donations of financial
aid, non-perishable foods and Christmas gifts are greatly appreciated.
the program is possible due to the dedication of these people.
Emergency (blue) Referral Forms can be obtained at
your school's office or in the Community Services Department at the
Downey City Hall, located on Brookshire Avenue. Our clients must live
in the CIty of Downey or have a student(s)
in the Downey Unified School District. Our purpose is to provide temporary
emergency aid. Emergency Food is distributed throughout the year (click
on the link below to view food distribution details). Approximately
600 families are helped. Non-perishable food staples and bread are
provided. Any one household can be helped once every other month.
For more information about H.E.L.P.S.
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Holiday Distribution Dates
Applications Go Out
October 16, 2009
Thanksgiving Applications Due
November 16, 2009
Christmas Applications Due
All PTA/PTSA Units, please send one or more volunteers on these distribution days. Thank you!
November 24, 2009
11:00am - 5:00pm
December 15, 2009
11:00am - 5:00pm
The H.E.L.P.S. Room is closed
From December 16, 2009
To January 5, 2010
We reopen in the new year on January 6, 2010
Check the calendar for dates when your Unit
needs to have a volunteer help in
the HELPS room
Beth Gendreau, Director
Wendy McKinsey, Recording Secretary & Inventory
Marge Lewis, Treasurer
DeAnne Kiralla, Corresponding Secretary
Gail Raabe, Financial Secretary
Dulce Delgado & Diane Jowett, Ordering/Purchasing
Bonnie Gauthier, Statistics
Susi Baxter, Auditor
The H.E.L.P.S. Room
A Great Article by Barbara Hill (2003)
Health Education Local Pantry Service is a community program
staffed by volunteers who donate their time and energy to assist
people in need. This program is organized and run by volunteers,
many who simultaneously serve on individual school boards.
The H.E.L.P.S. program provides food staples to residents
of Downey and to families whose children attend Downey schools.
Clients are assisted every other month and given special baskets
of food as well as gifts for the children at Thanksgiving and
Christmas. H.E.L.P.S. also contributes financially to subsidize
health programs within Downey schools including: dental screening,
Red Ribbon Week (drug awareness), Grad Night, and G.O.O.D. (Gangs
Out of Downey).
Applicants to the program are referred by Downey Unified School
District or through Community Services at City Hall.
H.E.L.P.S. was formerly Downey Thrift Shop. This community
pantry stocks its shelves with donations from community organizations,
churches, and individual citizens. Annual food drives at the
schools of Downey Unified School District are a primary source
of donations. Old River School PTA will be sponsoring a food
drive in the spring. Please lend a helping hand for this worthy
The H.E.L.P.S. Room is located at Apollo Park within the Downey
Community/Senior Citizens Center. Office hours are: 10 a.m.
to 1 p.m., Wednesday and Friday.