Downey Council PTA has 19 Units

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About Us






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

The 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.
call (562)861-9833
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Holiday Distribution Dates

Holiday Deadlines

Applications Go Out
October 16, 2009

Thanksgiving Applications Due
November 16, 2009


Christmas Applications Due
December 14

Holiday Distribution

All PTA/PTSA Units, please send one or more volunteers on these distribution days. Thank you!

Thanksgiving Distribution
November 24, 2009
11:00am - 5:00pm

Christmas Distribution
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

Advisory Board

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 cause.

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.