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Burbank Coordinating Council Begins Outreach Efforts, Holiday Baskets Program

The Burbank Coordinating Council kicks off their 87th year of service to the community with an online meeting on Monday, October 5, at 12:00 p.m.

“We will have a speaker, and members may announce their upcoming events,” the organization announced in a media release. “The meeting will include all but lunch and hugs.”

Laurie Bleick, CEO of Family Service Agency, will speak about COVID depression and suicides.

Annual memberships are available at $20 for individuals and $30 for organizations/businesses. Interested parties may sign up online here or print out the membership form to mail in with payment to Burbank Coordinating Council’s mailing address.

Image Courtesy Burbank Coordinating Council

President Janet Diel made a few announcements and urged interested people to contact her directly at 818-216-9377:

1.    Many church groups and youth groups are working to make lovely greeting cards which are being distributed to local nursing homes, where patients/residents, are not allowed visitors.

2.    Write out your experience with COVID… These stories will become part of our city history, and earn service learning hours too.

3.    We are working on masks for Holiday Baskets. Material, elastic and patterns available. We need folks to sew!

4.    Virtual camps are still available for after school or holiday weeks. Contact us at bcccamperships@aol.com

Since 1946, BCC has served 2400 people annually with the Holiday Baskets program. The Council encourages those families who are already signed up for the Free and Reduced Lunch program in Burbank Unified schools to sign up for a Holiday Basket here.

Individuals or organizations may adopt a family from now until delivery on December 12 or donate food items, gift cards or funds to help create baskets. The donor/volunteer form is located on the Burbank Coordinating Council website here.

BCC suggests filling bags with food and gift items suggested from the list available online here. No contact donation drop off of donations can be made at South Hills Church 222 S. Victory Boulevard on November 14 or 21 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Money donations can be made through Paypal on the BCC website or mailed checks to BCC at P.O. Box 10126, Burbank, CA 91505.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, delivery of the Holiday Baskets this year will be done via a drive though pick up on Saturday, December 12, from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

More information on the Burbank Coordinating Council can be found online here.

Burbank Coordinating Council Shares List Of Pandemic Resources

As the Burbank Coordinating Council gears up for another season of providing support for Burbank children and families, the organization has released a list of resources for Burbank families and individuals who may be affected by the ongoing pandemic shutdown and restrictions.

BCC recommends those in need of resources to visit covid19.Ca.gov for a large, updated list of information about statewide services, restrictions and guidelines. City of Burbank updates are available by visiting their website at burbankca.gov.

During business hours, Monday through Friday, people can call the Burbank Public Library at 818-238-5580 to speak with a local Burbank person about available resources.

In Burbank, the Library system, Boys and Girls Club and the City of Burbank Parks, Recreation and Community Services are all offering assistance, according to BCC.

Free meals are available for all Burbank Unified School District students through the end of December 2020. Call BUSD Food Services for more information at 818-729-4539 or read more here.

Burbank Unified posts updates from Superintendent Matt Hill regularly on their website here.

Mental health support is available from the Family Service Agency by calling 818-845-7671 or visiting their website here.

Centers for Disease Control updates on COVID-19 are available here.

Updates for L.A. County Public Health can be viewed here.

Information on County of Los Angeles COVID-19 testing sites can be found here.

BCC notes that a Burbank COVID-19 Support Group on the Next Door app platform provides information and lists people offering to help their neighbors by running errands and shopping.

The City of Burbank manages several volunteer and outreach programs including Project HOPE, which pairs seniors with volunteers to help run errands and provide companionship via the Joslyn Center. Sign up to be a volunteer or a recipient by calling 818-238-5370 or learn more online here.

Burbank Coordinating Council also shared a list of local organizations providing support and assistance:


Organization: Burbank Temporary Aid Center

Goals Supported: Emergency Services and food bank

Location: 1304 W. Burbank Blvd, Burbank, CA 91506

Contact: Barbara Howell, CEO BHowell@thebtac.org


Organization: Streetplus

Goals Supported: Homeless Services

Location: City-wide

Contact: Robert Newman 818-397-3798 rnewman@streetplus.net


Organization: Ascencia

Goals Supported: Homeless Services

Location: City-wide

Contact: Laura Duncan, Executive Director 818-246-7900 LDuncan@ascenciaca.org


Organization: All inclusive Community Health Center

Goals Supported: Health Services

Location: 1311 N San Fernando Boulevard, Burbank, CA 91504

Contact: Marine Dzhgalyan, MD admin@allinclusivechc.org


Organization: Volunteers of America of Los Angeles

Goals Supported: Employment and Training for the homeless

Location: 401 N Buena Vista Street, Burbank, CA 91505

Contact: Bridgette Barker, Program Manager bbarker@voala.org


Organization: Southern California Housing Rights Center

Goals Supported: Fair Housing Counseling

Location: City-wide

Contact: Chancela Al-Mansour, Executive Director 213-387-8400 calmansour@housingrightscenter.org


Organization: Armenian Relief Society

Goals Supported: Social services

Location: 517 West Glenoaks Boulevard, Glendale, CA 91202

Contact: Talar Aintablian, Executive Director 818-500-1343


Organization: Family Promise of the Verdugos

Goals Supported: Homelessness, case management, job development

Location: 2406 Naomi Street, Burbank, CA 91504

Contact: Albert Hernandez, Executive Director 818-847-1547 executivedirector@familypromiseverdugos.org


Organization: Kids Community Dental Clinic

Goals Supported: Health Services

Location: 400 W. Elmwood Avenue, Burbank, CA 91506

Contact: Dale Gorman, Executive Director dale.gorman@att.net


Organization: Burbank Noon Lions

Goals Supported: Senior Health and Social Services

Location: Citywide

Contact: Marva Murphy marvamurphy@earthlink.net


Organization: BCR A Place To Grow

Goals Supported: Services for the Disabled

Location: 230 E. Amherst Drive, Burbank, CA 91504

Contact: Edward Parker edwardp@bcraplacetogrow.org


Organization: Burbank Family YMCA

Goals Supported: Child Development and Enrichment Programs

Location: 332 E. San Jose Avenue, Burbank, CA 91502

Contact: Mary Cutone, CEO mary@burbankymca.org


Organization: Boys and Girls Club

Goals Supported: Youth Services

Location: 2244 N. Buena Vista Street, Burbank, CA 91504

Contact: Shanna Warren, Executive Director shannawarren@bgcburbank.org]


Organization: Family Service Agency

Goals Supported: Mental health, peer support groups, family counseling

Location: 2721 West Burbank Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505

Contact: Laurie Bleick, Executive Director 818-845-7671 lauriebjb@yahoo.com


The Burbank Coordinating Council has been serving the community of Burbank since 1933. Meetings are held on the first Monday of every month from October through May at the Little White Chapel located at 1711 North Avon St Burbank, CA 91505. Currently, during the pandemic, meetings will be held online.

For more information on the non-profit BCC and its service to the community of Burbank, to register for an upcoming meeting or join for an annual membership, visit their website at https://www.burbankcc.org/.

Burbank Coordinating Council members include those involved in service clubs, other non-profit organizations, churches and synagogues, studios, scout troops, PTA, PTSAs, Burbank Unified School District, City of Burbank and departments, local businesses and interested individuals and families.

The BCC has organized the annual Holiday Baskets program and Campership Program for decades. The organization also holds an annual Spirit of Giving Luncheon every November to recognize local supporters and volunteers.

For more than 80 years, BCC has collected donations of food and gifts for local families in need and partnered with local organizations to provide Holiday Baskets. In 2018, BCC helped deliver Holiday Baskets to more than 700 families.

The Campership Program has helped Burbank children ages 8 – 18 attend a one week long residential or day camp in the area since 1936. Some of those camps include Burbank Parks and Recreation Camps, Burbank YMCA, Golden State Gymnastics, Forest Home Children’s Camp, YMCA Camp Edwards and LGBTQ Camp. In 2018, BCC was able to send 104 children to summer camp.

Burbank Sunrise Rotary Delivered Holiday Baskets

Burbank Sunrise Rotary brightened the holidays for four Burbank families in need, delivering gifts and food for daily needs as well as a holiday meal.  The entire club had adopted two families, and individual club members had adopted two more families.

Along with other organizations and private individuals, the club participates in the Burbank Coordinating Council’s annual holiday basket program.  In mid-December, the Burbank community as a whole typically delivers several hundred baskets.

“Our club really enjoys choosing the items and putting the baskets together,” says Janice Lowers, who coordinated Burbank Sunrise’s efforts. “The Coordinating Council’s annual tradition shows the tremendous amount of good that can be accomplished when so many work together.”

Burbank Coordinating Council Holds “Spirit Of Giving” Luncheon Fundraiser

The Burbank Coordinating Council held its 2019 Spirit of Giving Luncheon last Friday, November 8, at the First Presbyterian Church of Burbank, with Vice Mayor Sharon Springer serving as the Mistress of Ceremonies. 

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

The annual luncheon typically raises several thousand needed dollars from silent auctions and “ring-the-bell” donations, with local businesses contributing “in-kind” to defray much of the cost of the event.

Event Sponsors included Blink, Cartoon Network, GAIN, Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Jim O’Neil, Sandra and Lily Thompson, Denis Cremins, Police Chief Scott LaChasse, BPD Command Staff, Roberta Reynolds, Eric Garcia, Mary and Steve Frintner, Church of Scientology Auxiliary, Tim Behunin, Valley Funeral Home, and Nicole Sporkin. ”In-kind” sponsors included Cantrells Cater, Martinos, Portos, Burbank Printing, NCL, Harvey Branman, Kandie Soderstrom, Zoapscentz, NCL, Cari Pelayo and Warner Bros.

“Beyond the minimum needed to put on this event, every penny collected today all goes to families in need,” said BCC President Janet Diel. “This holiday season we’ll be serving over 500 low income and at-risk families in need, including several homeless families as well.” 

Since 1946, BCC has been coordinating the entire citywide effort to help families with schools, churches, service clubs, non-profits, businesses, city departments, and various caring individuals. “Through the efforts of 2,000-plus people working together, food and gifts were delivered to nearly 2,400 people last December. This is the largest Service Project in Burbank!”  says Diel, adding, “Nothing is better in the world than seeing the faces of the children when bringing bags of food and toys to their home.”

In his invocation, Pastor Ryan Chaddick of the American Lutheran Church related the story of a child so taken with a department store decorated for the holidays that “she wanted to hug everything…which she proceeded to do.”  Pastor Chaddick knows that but for BCC and its sister volunteer groups, many children would not have so much as a single toy to hug and call their own.

During lunch, Pianist Robin Randall of Beautiful Downtown Burbank Singers showed off several of her young students: 

Kate Gallego of Luther Middle School played and sang “Another Day of Sun,” a very appropriate selection given the clear blue skies and summery heat that was waiting outside. 

Indira Ross of Edison Elementary honored the season ahead by playing “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” 

Bodhi Nguyen-Barnes of Roosevelt Elementary channeled Schroder and played Vivaldi’s “Spring” and the opening passages of Beethoven’s Fifth.

Syana Ford of Roosevelt Elementary sang and played Mariah Carey’s holiday standard, “All I Want For Christmas Is You.”

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

The luncheon honored Charlene Tabet, a Burbank native, educator, long-time community volunteer and member of the BUSD Board of Education since 2013.

 Also honored was the National Charity League, consisting of mother-daughter volunteer teams. 

“I’m proud of our connections with the Burbank Coordinating Council,” remarked NCL Burbank Chapter President Robin Ellis.  She went on to say that in the course of raising funds for a variety of charities, her members contribute some 10,000 hours of community service annually.  Both honorees received commendations from the City Council as well as County, State, and Federal officials.

Sister Regina Palamara began her Benediction by noting that Rescue Force is this year’s top toy.  Then came the punch line: “The Burbank Coordinating Council is the “rescue force” for the have-nots.”

“Now everybody sneeze,” she said.

Everyone did.

“God bless you.”

Those wanting to help can adopt families, collect foods or gifts, pack them, or deliver baskets. To participate, donate, and volunteer, please email  ccholidaybaskets@aol.com  or call 818-216-9377.  Mark on your calendar: December 14 is Citywide Delivery Day.

Burbank Coordinating Council Holds First Meeting Of Season, Plans Holiday Baskets

The Burbank Coordinating Council holds its first meeting of their 88th year on Monday, October 7, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Little White Chapel in Burbank.

The long-running aid organization plans to honor their Campership program partners and camp directors, as well as kick off the upcoming Holiday Baskets season, according to the organization’s president and co-chair of the Holiday Baskets program, Janet Diel.

Celebrating at Burbank Coordinating Council’s 81st anniversary luncheon are, from left, Joan Graves, program chairwoman; Burbank Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy, and President Janet Diel. (Photo By Joyce Rudolph )

At the first meeting, Burbank Coordinating Council (BCC) will also welcome new and returning members over a luncheon. Membership is $20 per individual and $30 per organization, and lunch is $13.

“We need helpers for collecting food and gift items at stores on October 12, November 16 and December 7… and of course filling bags of food items on Wednesday, December 11, and delivering on Saturday, December 14 from 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.,” she added.

BCC will also hold their fourth annual Spirit of Giving luncheon on Friday, November 8, at Burbank First Presbyterian Church, located at 521 E. Olive Avenue in Burbank. Tickets are $65 and can be purchased via paypal through the BCC website here.

“We will proudly be honoring both Charlene Tabet and National Charity League for their continuous and dedicated participation in the Holiday Basket program,” said Diel.

“Join the event for opportunity baskets, entertainment, delicious luncheon and of course honoring our amazing Holiday Basket contributors.”

Volunteers put together Burbank Holiday Baskets. (Photo Courtesy Burbank Coordinating Council)

Applications and and donor forms to contribute to or apply for aid via the Holiday Baskets program are attached to this article and are also available throughout Burbank at schools, libraries and parks.

BCC also offers service learning hours for students who volunteers their time helping out, Diel mentioned.

The Little White Chapel, host to the first meeting on October 7, is located at 1711 N. Avon Street. More information on the BCC can be found on their website.

Burbank Coordinating Council Remains Stronger Than Ever at 85

The Burbank Coordinating Council celebrated its 85th anniversary last Monday at a lunch held at the Social Hall of the Little White Chapel, with LWC Pastor Bill Thomas leading the invocation.  On behalf of the BCC, President Janet Diel accepted commendations from the Burbank City Council and the State legislature.  Well-wishers included Mayor Will Rogers, Vice-Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy, past Mayor Bob Frutos and Councilmember Sharon Springer, as well as Superintendent of Schools Matt Hill.

Indeed, BCC has much to celebrate.

Go back 85 years to BCC’s founding year 1933, one of the worst years of the Great Depression.  The adults were willing enough to personally do without and tough it out. But their children’s suffering tore at their hearts.

In those dire days, there were no safety nets to speak of, unless they were woven within local communities like Burbank, where concerned parents and teachers saw the need to make the weaving tighter.  So in September 1933, the PTA and BUSD school administrators organized the BCC to make it easier for volunteer organizations to band together when necessary.

Burbank Coordinating Council Board. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

One early BCC achievement was placing “Safety Sallies” at school crossings and intersections, where they shepherded children safely across the street.  The 1930’s also saw BCC begin the Campership Program for disadvantaged youth, in partnership with the Burbank Noon Kiwanis Club.

In 1946, the BCC encountered many people struggling to get their footing in the emerging post-WWII economy.  War widows and orphans carried additional burdens of grief, especially during the holidays.  The BCC responded by organizing the distribution of holiday baskets.

In the 1970’s, BCC volunteers were staffing the crisis line.  BCC established a food pantry, in partnership with the Burbank Ministerial Association.

The decades rolled on. Human suffering persisted.  The Burbank Coordinating Council and its members continued to do what they could to alleviate that suffering.

Back to 2018.  Those Safety Sallies? They led to today’s Police Crossing Guards.  The food pantry?  It has led to today’s Burbank Temporary Aid Center, one of the premier agencies for helping the homeless and families fallen on hard times. The

Camperships that began with a handful of kids?  This past summer 125 children in need attended camp.   The few dozen holiday baskets in 1946?  Now grown to 2400 baskets thanks to over 157 individual donors and 13 stores, representing the united efforts of numerous volunteer organizations.  BCC recognized the several dozen contributors, large and small, who went the extra mile and helped four or more families or led a major food or toy drive, or who donated $1,000 or more.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

Today, BCC membership has grown to nearly 100, embracing schools, churches, synagogues, service clubs, volunteer organizations like the Red Cross as well as various local government agencies.   Whatever the safety nets that Washington D.C. or Sacramento may cast, Burbank and the wider nation would be a much poorer place without its volunteers, and without organizations like BCC that coordinate and amplify their good works.

The Burbank Coordinating Council holds luncheon meetings the first Monday of each month (October through May) from 12 Noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Social Hall of the Little White Chapel (1711 N. Avon, at the corner of Avon and Jeffries.)  The catered luncheon (for $12) features a guest speaker and provides the opportunity for attendees to promote their organizations, by distributing information or making announcements about upcoming events.

Councilman Bob Frutos and BPD Honored at Luncheon

On the morning of November 3, the Burbank Coordinating Council hosted their second annual luncheon at Burbank Presbyterian Church, in which City Councilman Bob Frutos was honored along with the Burbank Police Department. 

During the luncheon, funds were collected for holiday baskets to donate to needy families. Last year, they collected enough to donate over 500 baskets, and they hope to give even more this Christmas season.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

“The selfless efforts and generosity of the honorees give us an outstanding example of the spirit of generosity that made America strong — and that continues to thrive in Burbank,” said Marsha Ramos, MC for the event.

“Bob and the honorable men and women of the Burbank Police Department have dedicated their lives to public service seeking to protect and improve the lives of children and families in our community.”

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Councilman Frutos, a Burbank resident of 25 years, has dedicated his life to public service. Beginning at a young age as a police cadet and later becoming a police community liaison officer, he continues in retirement to serve as a reserve officer. Frutos has been on the Burbank City Council for six years, serving one year as mayor.

“He is a generous spirit that stands out, he attracts good, inspires many and seeks to unite us.  He generously offers his time, talent and treasure in support of many worthy causes such as youth and senior services, our public schools, and many community-based organizations and charitable efforts here in Burbank,” said Ramos.

Councilman Frutos was awarded the “Spirit of Giving Award” by the Khalifeh family, on behalf of the BCC. He then said a few words, humbly thanking the community.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

The BPD also received the same award this year. Following the BCC’s recognition of Frutos’ life-long communal service, Ramos spoke about the police department’s positive impact on Burbank residents.

“The men and women in our police department selflessly service the public with courage, honor, and excellence. From responses to residential house calls to the extraordinary coordination of efforts in response to the LA Tuna Fire, the commitment of BPD to preserve life and property is demonstrated every day, 24-7 and an utmost professional way.”

Throughout the year, the BPD is involved with several programs to grow in their interactions with the community. Around Christmastime, officers make phone calls to schedule holiday basket deliveries, collecting food among other gifts, and giving the baskets to families in-person.

For 22 years, they have also participated in “Operation Chill,” a program that rewards kids with free 7-11 Slurpee coupons for good behavior and abiding by the law. Over 19 million coupons have been given out since the program began.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Ramos listed several other communal activities the BPD have put on, including “Shop With A Cop” and “Coffee With A Cop,” both allowing residents to spend time and have conversations with local law enforcement.

During this time of year, officers partner with the Salvation Army to provide Thanksgiving Meals to families who can’t afford to celebrate on their own. BPD has also raised funds for the Boys & Girls Club, Arts for All, and the National Police Officers Memorial.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

“It has been said that a hero is someone who is selfless, who is generous in spirit, who gives as much as possible to help people. The men and women of The BPD fit the description, an exact match for this definition of a hero,” said Ramos.

A few of the sponsors who helped put on the luncheon include Capes4Cures, Cartoon Network, Burbank Water and Power, Burbank Federal Credit Union, and Handy Market.

BCC Holiday Baskets Program Asks For Donors And Volunteers

Donors are still needed to adopt families this year for the annual BCC Holiday Baskets program, according to Janet Diel, President of the Burbank Coordinating Council. BCC also asks for volunteers to collect food and toy donations and assist with basket preparation throughout the first few weeks of December.

“We still have about 175 families unadopted,” said Diel, who noted the Burbank Coordinating Council makes sure that even those families who aren’t “adopted” by basket distribution time will still receive holiday gifts and food.

Every year, individuals, families, schools, organizations and businesses in Burbank work together to provide Holiday Baskets filled with gifts of food, toys and clothes for needy families in the City. The BCC Holiday Baskets program enters its 79th year this season.

On Saturday, December 5, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., BCC conducts a citywide food drive at several local grocery stores. Volunteers are needed to help collect food donations and are asked to contact Barbara Salamon at (818) 843-7571 to arrange time.

On Wednesday, December 9, the donated food items will be bagged at The Little White Chapel between 2:00 and 9:00 p.m.

 Danielle Boyce, 15, left, of National Charity League, signs in to volunteer at the Holiday Basket Program with Sally Veres, treasurer of National Charity League  (Photo by Joyce Rudolph)

Danielle Boyce, 15, left, of National Charity League, signs in to volunteer at the Holiday Basket Program with Sally Veres, treasurer of National Charity League in this file photo from December 2014. (Photo by Joyce Rudolph)

Then on Friday, December 11, the bags are transported from The Little White Chapel to Washington Elementary School auditorium and hallway. Food donations that come in that day will also be sorted and bagged. Gifts are added to the baskets to the complete building of un-adopted family baskets. The day starts at 2:00 p.m. at The Little White Chapel and volunteers work at Washington from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m. or until done, added Diel.

Saturday, December 12, is Delivery Day. BCC needs volunteers to move all the un-adopted family baskets outside to the lunch shelter, cover the tables, sort out the baskets by city area, call families, load or unload cars and deliver baskets to families throughout the city. Diel plans to deliver baskets to more than 500 families throughout Burbank that day between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Volunteers may also call (818) 216-9377 or email ccholidaybaskets@aol.com to sign up to help.

“If you would like to adopt a family contact us ASAP,” added Diel.

The BCC holds its next meeting on Monday, December 7, from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. at The Little White Chapel, located at 1711 N. Avon Street in Burbank. Lunch is $10 and BCR A Place To Grow singers and the Van Bloem Singers will sing holiday music.

Burbank Coordinating Council Holiday Baskets Program Asks For Donations And Volunteers

The Burbank Coordinating Council Holiday Baskets program is underway, with food and toy drives currently being held in local schools. On Saturday, December 6, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., the Burbank Coordinating Council (BCC) conducts its annual December donation drive at 12 stores throughout Burbank.

In addition to donations needed to fulfill over 500 holiday baskets for local families in need, BCC are asking for volunteers to help collect donations on Saturday. For Burbank high school students in need of service hours, volunteering with the BCC is a great way to help out and fulfill graduation requirements, said Janet Diel, BCC President and co-chair of the Holiday Baskets program.

Food donations for Burbank Coordinating Council Holiday Baskets in this photo from December 2013. (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Food donations for Burbank Coordinating Council Holiday Baskets in this photo from December 2013. (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

“You can work a 2, 4, 6, or 8 hour shift collecting food outside one of 12 stores in the city,” Diel said. “So many families would go without food and gifts for their holiday without you! Come and join us and you will always be glad you did.”

BCC began the annual Holiday Baskets program in 1936 as a way of helping local families celebrate the Christmas season with food and gifts.

“It takes everyone working together to make this tremendous project happen each year,” Diel said. “There are so many ways and days to help — pick one or pick all. Don’t miss the chance to come and ‘feel good’ being a donor or volunteer. It is an experience you will always remember.”

On Wednesday, December 10, volunteers gather at the Little White Chapel to pack food bags between 3:00 and 9:00 p.m. On Friday, December 12, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., volunteers are needed to move the food bags from the Little White Chapel to Washington Elementary School.

Firefighters prepare to deliver holiday packages. (Photo Courtesy of Burbank Coordinating Council)

Firefighters prepare to deliver holiday packages. (Photo Courtesy of Burbank Coordinating Council)

That same day, Friday, December 12, volunteers are needed to build un-adopted baskets at Washington Elementary School in the auditorium from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m.

While many local service groups and businesses adopt entire families and donate pre-packaged baskets, there are still many baskets to be packed for all of the applicant families.

Saturday, December 13, is delivery day for the baskets and the BCC needs help between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

“If you are still wanting to adopt a family or donate to the program, please go to our website at www.burbankcoordinatingcouncil.org for more details and the donor form to fill out and email back to us at ccholidaybaskets@aol.com,” added Diel. “Or, call us anytime at (818) 216-9377 or (818) 238-7647.”

Those wishing to volunteer on Saturday, December 6, for the food drive are asked to call Barbara Salamon (818) 843-7571 for details and a store assignment.

Diel also encourages school children throughout Burbank and their families to turn in donations for classroom food drives, currently being held a schools in the Burbank Unified School District.


Burbank Coordinating Council Camperships Lauded

The Burbank Coordinating Council Camperships program sent nearly 100 local children to sleep-away and day camps this past summer, announced BCC President Janet Diel at the local service organization’s October 6 meeting.

Diel thanked Golden State Gymnatics, Forest Home, YMCA Camps and Burbank’s Parks and Recreation Department/Summer Daze Camps for working with the BCC to provide summer enrichment for needy children.

“We sent 98 happy, smiling children to camp,” Diel said. “You are the village helping to raise our children.”

Alexis Miller from Assemblyman Mike Gatto's office presented certificates to camp organizations providing services for Burbank Coordinating Council Camperships, including Heather Olson (Golden State Gymnastics Program Director), Bryan Snodgrass (YMCA Director Summer Camp), Grace Coronado (Burbank Parks and Recreation Services), Shelly Mutch (Forest Home Special Projects Coordinator) and Sam Albrecht (YMCA Director of Camping Services.) (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Alexis Miller from Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s office presented certificates to camp organizations providing services for Burbank Coordinating Council Camperships, including Heather Olson (Golden State Gymnastics Program Director), Bryan Snodgrass (YMCA Director Summer Camp), Grace Coronado (Burbank Parks and Recreation Services), Shelly Mutch (Forest Home Special Projects Coordinator) and Sam Albrecht (YMCA Director of Camping Services.) (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Diel also thanked Cartoon Network, Spirit Works and the National Charity League of Burbank for large donations funding a significant portion of the Camperships program. She also thanked BCC members for their ongoing efforts to raise Camperships funds and the Burbank City Council, BUSD Administration and Board of Education for continued support.

“Kids went to Golden State Gymnastics and had never seen a trampoline that big,” commented Diel.

Some children were able to attend a week-long camp in the mountains via YMCA or Forest Home. Others attended local day camps for athletics, art and field trips.

Burbank Coordinating Council thanked local organizations and area camp programs for helping 98 Burbank youth attend summer camp. Pictured are (form left to right): Alexis Miller (Assemblyman Mike Gatto's office), Heather Olson (Golden State Gymnastics Program Director), Sam Albrecht (YMCA Director of Camping Services), Bryan Snodgrass (YMCA Director Summer Camp), Grace Coronado (Burbank Parks and Recreation Services), Shelly Mutch (Forest Home Special Projects Coordinator), Jason Diel (BCC), Nancy Boyden (National Charity League Provisional Chair), Henry Diel (BCC), Janel Diel (BCC President), Sandra Thompson (BCC) and Doris Palmer (BCC.) (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Burbank Coordinating Council thanked local organizations and area camp programs for helping 98 Burbank youth attend summer camp. Pictured are (form left to right): Alexis Miller (Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s office), Heather Olson (Golden State Gymnastics Program Director), Sam Albrecht (YMCA Director of Camping Services), Bryan Snodgrass (YMCA Director Summer Camp), Grace Coronado (Burbank Parks and Recreation Services), Shelly Mutch (Forest Home Special Projects Coordinator), Jason Diel (BCC), Nancy Boyden (National Charity League Provisional Chair), Henry Diel (BCC), Janel Diel (BCC President), Sandra Thompson (BCC) and Doris Palmer (BCC.) (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The Burbank Coordinating Council brings together resources from area businesses, organizations and individuals to provide annual Camperships for area children and Holiday Baskets for local needy families.