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While COVID-19 impacts on-campus activities, The Buckley School is keenly aware that our closure impacts our broader Sherman Oaks community. Below, please see information about two great organizations Buckley has worked with: Valley Food Bank and Hope of the Valley.
Valley Food Bank For over a decade, the popular food drive during Spirit Week has donated thousands of pounds of food to Valley Food Bank. Buckley’s relationship with Valley Food Bank extends beyond Spirit Week: students have volunteered at the food bank, both individually and through organized community service field trips. While our typical school outreach is on hold, the Class of 2020 – a champion of the Spirit Week food drive – is making a donation to the Valley Food Bank, and The Buckley School will follow their lead to support the increased needs of Valley Food Bank. Please click here to learn more about Valley Food Bank.
Hope of the Valley
Hope of the Valley is another organization with which Buckley has worked for many years. In fact, Buckley was the first school to partner with Hope of the Valley when they opened 10 years ago. Hope of the Valley has started a pilot program of brown bag meals, designed to provide immediate relief to our unhoused population with severe food insecurities. They are partnering with local community-based organizations and interfaith institutions to efficiently distribute these meals to those in need; their goal is to provide 400 meals a week and hopefully grow from there. Please click here if you would like to help.
Buckley student Ari D. created a jewelry and tie dye company and she is donating a portion of the profits to the following organizations: City of Hope (for COVID-19 research), Black Lives Matter, and healthcare workers. Click here to access her instagram, @aridancreations.
If you are interested in donating masks, please click here for a list of medical facilities in need. This site includes information about delivery methods, desired quantities, and more. If you donate masks, please let us know and please share any pictures or video. Thank you for helping those in need!
Teens Read to Kids
Teens Read To Kids is a community service program where volunteer teenagers read to a group of local children ages 4 through 8 (or older) at different locations and events, including from home via Zoom or Skype. The goal of the program is to encourage kids to read more and develop and expand their love for reading.
As the program is new, the organization is looking for teen volunteers who will be willing to devote some time this summer to read to local kids from the comfort of their homes via Zoom or Skype. It could be as little as 1 or 2 hours a week. They are also looking for little ones who would enjoy storytime with a cool teen.
The Upper School Children's Hospital Club is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for CHLA. With the spread of COVID-19, our hospitals have been struggling to provide personal protection equipment and other essential resources in the fight against the virus. The club supports the CHLA COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund (Bank of America has committed to match all donations dollar-for-dollar). To learn more or contribute, click here. You also might consider donating blood, a safe and important way to help (social distancing is enforced and protective gear is worn) by clicking here.
North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry
North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry needs people to hand out food. If you are able to help at either distribution (drive-thru, with gloves and masks provided) Monday and Friday from 7:00-11:00 in Studio City or help move inventory and pack at Temple Beth Hillel, please contact Barbara Javitz at email@example.com or 323-646-7801.
A Buckley parent has co-founded a new non-profit, Dine11, an organization that raises funds to support independent local restaurants to keep their lights on and pay their staff while simultaneously feeding the doctors and hospital staff on the front lines during the COVID-19 crisis.
Currently, Dine11 is delivering to over 12 Hospitals, and helping over 30 restaurants/caterers (including Winnie Tong from Food Love by Fresh Lunches). They have been providing over 3 meals a day to hospitals--in total, about 225 daily meals are funded, organized, and delivered by Dine11. Dine11 is completely run by volunteers who are working hard to help our community.
If anyone in the Buckley communuty would like to be involved (restaurant owners, volunteer drivers, or even those who would like to help with a tax-deductible donation), please sign up online.