The inaugural Whittier Area Community Resource Fair on Saturday, May 12 at Richard L. Graves Middle School in Whittier drew 700 people who got access to much-needed resources, including education, social services, nutrition, mental health, public safety and employment.
“The kids loved it, the families loved it, we brought everything to them,” said Anne Turner, Executive Director of THINK Together in Los Angeles. “The really got an opportunity to have access to resources that they otherwise might not be able to.”
The fair was sponsored by Goodwill, Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary, the South Whittier School District and THINK Together. In addition, 30 more participants from service groups and nonprofits took part in the fair that featured refreshments and performances from children who attend local schools.
“Families in the unincorporated area of Whittier often do not have access to the same resources and benefits that are available to those living within city limits,” said South Whittier School District Assistant Superintendent Gail Baxter.. “Bringing the resources into our own backyard provided the opportunity for many of our families to benefit from the quality resources available to them.”
Turner said being a part of this event is a part of what THINK Together believes.
“THINK Together is more than just a provider of academically oriented out of school education,” she said. ” We also spend a lot of time on health and wellness issues. By helping those in need, we are strengthening the fabric of our entire community.”