State legislators and the California Association of Nonprofits announced their annual selections for Nonprofit of the Year in each district late last month. The 113 honorees range from organizations in health and food banks to music and sports, including more than a dozen in the Valley region.

Representatives from their respective districts honored Valley organizations including Chicas Mom, San Fernando Valley Mental Health Center, Mid Valley YMCA and ChapCare, among others. During the pandemic, Chicas Mom hosted webinars to promote healthy eating habits and teach computer skills. San Fernando Valley Mental Health Center provided increased resources for mental health support during lockdowns and hosted COVID-19 information sessions as well as virtual comedy events for community members. Other organizations that were recognized provided food deliveries, health care support and child care services during government-mandated business closures to support those in need of assistance. 

“California nonprofits are a vital part of our economy. The challenges of the past year have stressed how important nonprofits’ services are to our communities throughout the state,” San Fernando Valley Assemblymember Luz Rivas said in a statement. “I want to thank our nonprofits across the state for stepping up during a critical time of need. I am proud to author ACR 80, which recognizes and celebrates California Nonprofits Day.”


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