Charity aids parents with essential childcare items

first_imgHomeLifeHealthCovid-19Charity aids parents with essential childcare items Apr. 10, 2020 at 6:00 amCovid-19FeaturedNewsNon ProfitsCharity aids parents with essential childcare itemsBrennon Dixson1 year agoBadge of HeartcharityLAPDVeniceKen Lew works for the LAPD as a day job but he uses his personal time to help families in need. Courtesy photo. Since its founding in 2014 by Venice local and Los Angeles Police Department Officer Ken Lew, Badge to Heart has sought to assist families and children in need by providing diapers, food and other essential items. But the recent pandemic has caused an uptick in demand, so much so, that the local nonprofit is now looking for some assistance itself — in the form of donations.Having grown up in Inglewood, South Los Angeles and Westchester, Lew said in an interview Wednesday he has seen individuals and families struggle with the realities of life first-hand.“The reason why I started this nonprofit, Badge of Heart, is because growing up, we didn’t have a whole lot,” Lew said, detailing how his father worked two or three jobs to make ends meet. “So working as a police officer, especially with families in South L.A., I’d see a lot of families that would take me back to when I was a kid, which reminded me of a lot of things that I was going through back then; (the) tough times, lack of food, hand me down clothes and stuff like that.”After 25-years in the police department, Lew felt he could be doing more than his daily duties as a policeman, so he began the nonprofit Badge of Heart.The sole purpose was to help families and kids in need. “But I was by myself, so the first year was very tough,” Lew said. “I had to raise money on my own and use a lot of my own to help fund it.”But Lew stayed in the fight and soon started reaching out to businesses.“I have a grass roots connection to the community, so I thought I’d use that,” he said, adding: “They were fascinated and they started slowly making donations …. every cent went to families,” Lew said.Word soon spread and other officers would approach Lew to ask how they can help. Some would tell him about families in need while others provided the funding that would allow Badge of Heart to continue providing food, clothes, baby necessities, personal care items, temporary housing and more.“It was growing, (though) not as fast as I wanted it to because I still had a full-time job. But five years later, we’re servicing more than 2,800 families and things are looking good,” Lew said.“However, with this pandemic going on right now, everything is messed up for a lot of people,” he added. He said that Badge of Heart and its unpaid volunteers are still able to help.The organization has pledged to provide $10,000 to families who are furloughed from work or have lost their jobs, and Lew hopes others in the community will come together to assist as well.“We feel the best thing we and others can do right now is to give a monetary donation because we can use that money to go out there and buy gift cards or goods while families stay home,” Lew said.“We know families and individuals are struggling so we’re using the $10,000 to buy gift cards to grocery stores, Target and places like that. We’ll also continue trying to connect with other agencies who can help,” Lew said. “And we know it’s not going to solve the problem. But we are trying to help alleviate some of people’s pain because we’re all human beings and we should care for each other. That’s the whole concept of this.”More information on Badge of Heart can be found [email protected] :Badge of HeartcharityLAPDVeniceshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentSpring storm brings more rain and snow to CaliforniaSpread of coronavirus in Santa Monica flattens with one new case reported ThursdayYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall6 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson17 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter17 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor17 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press17 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press17 hours agolast_img read more

Boeing appoints veteran to head new safety push

first_imgSouthwest Airlines 737 MAX aircraft at Victorville, California. Image: KCAL9. Boeing has appointed a 34-year company veteran to head a new organization designed to streamline safety responsibilities across the company.Former Boeing Commercial Airplanes safety security and compliance vice president Beth Pasztor will head a new unit that aims unify safety-related responsibilities now managed by teams across several business and operating units.The Product Safety and Services organization will be responsible for reviewing all aspects of product safety, including investigating cases of undue pressure and anonymous concerns raised by employees.Pasztor will also oversee the company’s accident investigation team and safety review boards as well as the system that allows Boeing staff to represent the US  Federal Aviation Administration in airplane certification activities.Pasztor and other engineers throughout the company will report to Boeing chief engineer Greg Hyslop.The new appointment was one of several actions announced Monday by Boeing chief executive Dennis Muilenburg in response to a five-month review by a special board committee in the wake of two fatal Boeing 737 MAX crashes.READ: NTSB says MAX certification underestimated pilot experience.The crashes led to the global MAX fleet being grounded and sparked a review of controversial flight control software known as MCAS.Boeing is finalizing a new version of the flight control software aimed at proving to the FAA the grounded aircraft should be re-certified as safe to fly.The manufacturer is still optimistic this will happen early in the fourth quarter, although the optimism is not shared by a number of its customersIt also needs to convince the flying public, lawmakers and others that it has addressed any problems with its safety culture and processes.“My team and I embrace our board’s recommendations and are taking immediate steps to implement them across the company in partnership with our people, while continuing and expanding our ongoing efforts to strengthen safety across Boeing and the broader aerospace industry,’’ Muilenburg said in a statement.The Boeing chief told Bloomberg News he had considered external candidates to head the new team  before deciding Pasztor’s deep knowledge of Boeing would give her a running start.“She, from a technical qualification standpoint, is the best,’’ he said.Other responses to the committee recommendations by the company include the establishment of a design requirements program “to strengthen a culture of continuous improvement, learning and innovation”The company is also enhancing its Continued Operation Safety Program to raise “the visibility and transparency of all safety and potential safety reports” as well as partnering with customers to ensure flight deck designs continue to anticipate the needs of future pilots.In addition to the board’s recommendations, Muilenburg also announced additional steps to strengthen how it manages safety across the company and its suppliers.These included an anonymous reporting system from  Boeing Commercial Airplanes that had been expanded across the company and was encouraging employees to bring forward potential safety issues to be reviewed by the Product and Services Safety organization.Safety review boards had also been expanded and are now led by senior executives including the chief engineer and business unit chiefs.There were also investments in enhanced flight simulation and computing capabilities that had boosted the company’s testing capabilities.The company gave one example where software engineers over the past several weeks run 390,000 flight hours on the 737 MAX—the equivalent of flying 45 years.Advanced research and development efforts in future flight decks were also underway and were incorporating leading-edge work in human factors and design.“In addition to our focus on a common safety management system, we’re creating new leadership positions with the authority, accountability and transparency needed to make measurable progress; addressing the growing need for talent, pilot and maintenance technician training, and STEM education; as well as investing in areas such as product design, future flight decks, infrastructure, regulation and new technologies,’’ Muilenburg said.last_img read more

Juve go for Eriksen in January?

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: Juventus could make an approach for Tottenham Hotspur’s Christian Eriksen in January, with new boss Jose Mourinho not standing in his way. Eriksen’s contract is expiring next June, and Corriere dello Sport suggests Juve – who were thought to be interested in signing the midfielder over the summer – could make formal contact with the Dane this winter over a transfer. It is thought Mourinho has already taken the stance that he won’t stand in his way over a move away from North London. The Italian champions could attempt to sign the 28-year-old outright in January or wait until next summer and sign him on a free transfer. However, the newspaper warns both Real Madrid and Manchester United are also interested in Eriksen, who has been with Spurs since 2013.last_img read more