Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Claire Padma in Los Feliz Ledger

Local Receives L.A. Rams Award For Volunteerism

Claire Padama of St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles and Our Mother of Good Counsel Church was awarded the Los Angeles Rams “Community Quarterback” award, in conjunction with Southern California Honda Dealers, in November for her volunteerism.

Padama was given the award on the field of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, where the Rams currently play, during a pre game event November 6th. In addition, the Rams gave $5,000 to St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles, which the organization said would be used for clothing, food and supplies for underserved Angelenos.
Additionally, Rams officials with Padama visited the Cardinal Manning Center on Skid Row November 1st to serve meals to the homeless.
“We are so proud of Claire and the tireless work she has done for the organization,” said David Fields, St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles’s executive director. “The Rams Quarterback Award is a great honor for Claire and St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles.”
The Los Angeles Rams Community Quarterback Award honors outstanding volunteers who demonstrate leadership, dedication and a commitment to improving the Los Angeles community through volunteer work.
“I am honored to receive this award and to help generate awareness of the growing homeless population in Los Angeles,” said Padama. “There is so much to be done and we need as many helping hands as possible to help feed, clothe and shelter the needy in Los Angeles.”
The St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles thrift store funded more than $7 million in charitable works last year, including hosting 1,255 disadvantaged children at the Circle V Ranch Summer Camp, 16,000 home visits to deliver food to the needy and 181,000 nights of shelter for the homeless, according to a statement from the organization.
The organization was founded in Paris, France in 1833 by college student Frederic Ozanam, and for more than 100 years its volunteers have worked to ease suffering in Southern California.
Padama is also known for helping Ed Dunst, a well-known formerly homeless Los Feliz man, find shelter in a convalescent hospital in 2013.

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