STEAM:Coders Seeks Laptops, Chromebooks for Students

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STEAM:Coders is seeking $20,000 in donations to buy laptops and Chromebooks for its students.

STEAM:Coders, a Pasadena-based nonprofit organization that gives underserved students an opportunity to enhance their skills regarding computers, coding and the internet, is in desperate need of laptops and Chromebooks for children in grades K-12.
“These laptops are for children whose families live below the poverty line,” said Raymond Ealy, executive director of STEAM:Coders. “We have hundreds of kids in our program, and 90% of them receive free or reduced-priced meals.”
Ealy is hoping a donor or group of donors might deliver the “magic number” for donations — $20,000 — this holiday season. That total would provide 20 laptops, 20 Chromebooks, internet access and mobile hot spots, which have become even more critical as the students “experience the challenges associated with remote learning,” he said. “A primary need for our students and their families is they can’t even get on the internet when they’re not at school. Internet access and mobile hot spots are a primary need for our families.
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Local College Student’s Tech Company Addresses COVID Safety

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Troy Bonde (right) and business partner Winston Alfieri, who have sold thousands of hand-sanitizer dispensers to businesses and schools, are planning to donate 500 gallons of sanitizer to groups and nonprofit organizations in the San Gabriel Valley.

Troy Bonde, an Altadena resident who is a junior at USC, is responding to the need for COVID-19 safety precautions by selling state-of-the-art hand sanitizer dispensers that also screen body temperatures.
He started his company, NextPace Ventures, this past July while working as an investment banking analyst at American Discovery Capital, a merchant bank in West Los Angeles.
Bonde, 21, recruited his longtime friend, Pasadena native Winston Alfieri, to become his business partner.
NextPace Ventures has already sold thousands of devices to local businesses, school districts and nonprofit organizations, including Santa Anita Park, the Glendale Unified School District and Cal State Los Angeles. The company was recently named an endorsed supplier for Best Western International, helping Best Western hotels throughout the United States and Canada provide a comfortable experience for guests.
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Huge Gift Is a Building Block for Salvation Army

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The Salvation Army Pasadena Tabernacle can now finalize plans for a 9,000-square-foot facility, to be named the Diane and John Mullin Hope Center, which will include 65 units of permanent supportive housing for individuals experiencing homelessness, expanded services and a larger food pantry.

Heading into Christmas, the Salvation Army Pasadena Tabernacle will be rejoicing for all to hear, and perhaps a little more exultantly this year.
That might seem odd during a pandemic year that has brought immense challenges and fear to the nonprofit and the hundreds of clients it serves, but the Tabernacle recently received a year-end gift that will help change the course of its history by providing housing for the homeless and more than double the number of people and families it can serve at its Walnut Street campus.

John and Diane Mullin

Local philanthropists John and Diane Mullin have gifted $5.65 million to the Salvation Army’s capital campaign, which now has garnered enough to officially kick off the construction of a 9,000-square-foot facility. It will be called the Diane and John Mullin Hope Center.
“When we embarked on this capital campaign it was a just a leap of faith, just trusting that somebody, somewhere in the community would give us a lead gift,” said the Pasadena Tabernacle’s Capt. Terry Masango. “For a long time, we were working from small pledges, and we really wondered how long it might take like that.
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Local Nonprofits, Donors Lauded for Courage in the Face of Crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically increased food insecurity and the demand at food pantries, including several in Pasadena.

Long known for its remarkable number of locally based nonprofit organizations per capita, Pasadena — with a reputation for showing its big heart and sharing charitable assets — may soon also be recognized for something else: resilience.
Resilience among nonprofit-sector dynamos and the donors who support their causes, and in the optimism that, together, they can make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate, who’ve been especially battered by the cascading effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Nonprofit organizations are the pillars of Pasadena. Although it’s been a tremendously difficult year and will continue to be a complicated picture ahead, I remain optimistic that this community is very dedicated to its nonprofit sector,” said Pasadena Community Foundation President/CEO Jennifer DeVoll. “The great thing about people here is that they are very generous. They give because it’s in their DNA and deeply feel the Pasadena value of giving back.”
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PCC Foundation Receives $1.5 Million Gift

The Pasadena City College Foundation has announced a $1.5 million bequest from the estate of Adelaide Finkbine Hixon, an enthusiastic supporter of the college and advocate for education.
Hixon died in 2019 at the age of 101.
In 2000, she gave $1 million to the college, funds that were used to establish the Hixon Teacher Preparation Program. Last month, the foundation received an additional $1.5 million bequest in her will.
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As Hunger Rises, Foothill Unity’s Effort Does Too

If there’s anything Foothill Unity Center leaders have learned in the nonprofit organization’s 40 years of operation, it’s that need knows no season.
Though it ramped up distribution to deliver more than 4,000 festive food boxes for the Thanksgiving holiday — four times as many as it gave out in 2019 — the center dedicated to providing food services outreach throughout the San Gabriel Valley has seen a steady surge in need since the pandemic took hold in March.
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Stay Alert, Because Journey to Defeat Virus Continues

Dr, Lori Morgan

By Dr. Lori Morgan
Special to the Outlook

To our valued patients, friends, colleagues, partners and community members:
Are we there yet? I remember my son asking that question when a long car trip seemed endless and he was restless to get free of the constraints of his car seat. From the driver’s seat, I was sympathetic but firm for everyone’s safety. In that sense, COVID-19 has been one long, frightful car ride — a journey that has left many of us forever changed. With a vaccine on the horizon, our destination is now in sight — however, we are most definitely not there yet.
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New Vice President of DEI Named at Huntington Hospital

Huntington Hospital recently named Pamela Weatherspoon as vice president of Enterprise Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, a new role within the organization. She will begin Dec. 21.
Weatherspoon has been charged with advancing Huntington’s family of services with a diversity, equity and inclusion strategy. She will partner with leaders across the organization to develop and promote a cross functional/departmental strategic plan for diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) that advances patient experience and education, overall quality of care and workforce culture, engagement and representation goals.
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Westridge Head of School Announces 2022 Retirement

Elizabeth J. McGregor, who leads Pasadena’s Westridge School, has announced that she will retire at the end of her current contract with the independent institution for girls in grades 4-12.
“The most fulfilling chapter of my life has been at Westridge, and as I come to the end of my current, three-year contract at the end of June 2022, it will be one that I will close with my retirement,” Westridge’s head of school, who has spent four decades as a teacher and administrator, said in a letter to the school’s community. “I am looking forward to traveling, exploring new volunteer and consulting opportunities, and spending more time with my husband and family, especially my grandchildren.”
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