Category Archives: Outreach

Kathy Schreiner at Van Nuys Library

Van Nuys Library Reopens

Kathy Schreiner, right, Vice President of the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council, celebrates Van Nuys Branch Library employees at the reopening of the library on Thursday, October 7, 2021. The library, founded in 1911, received a $1.9 million renovation of the current 1964 building in the Van Nuys Civic Center. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

The Van Nuys Library reopened Thursday, October 7, 2021 after the completion of a $1.9 million renovation to the interior and technical infrastructure.

VNNC Vice President Kathy Schreiner was on hand to celebrate the momentous occasion, “It is wonderful! There are many thoughtful touches and the interior is much more visually appealing. However, I regret that Van Nuys residents did not have access to the branch library for over two years.”

Thank you to the LAPL for renovating our library and making this great resource available again to our community.

You can go check out a book at 6250 Sylmar Ave. Monday & Wednesday 10am-8pm, Tuesday & Thursday Noon – 8pm, Friday & Saturday 9:30-5:30pm.

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Utility Grant Program to Assist Low-Income Families During COVID-19

The Los Angeles City Council approved a program on Tuesday, October 27, 2020 championed by Council President Nury Martinez as Chair of the Ad-Hoc COVID-19 Recovery & Neighborhood Investment Committee to provide $50 million in federal CARES Act funding to assist struggling low-income Angelenos with utility costs.

The COVID-19 Utility Grant Program comes off of two motions introduced by Martinez and is a partnership with the Department of Water & Power (LADWP) and will prioritize those impacted by COVID-19 and already enrolled in the LADWP’s low-income assistance program. City of Los Angeles’ residents who are DWP customers making 50% Area Median Income (AMI) or lower will be eligible to receive $500 to assist with utility costs, including: gas service, cellular phone, Wi-Fi, and internet/cable services. The program will serve up to 100,000 households.
Applicants must be an LADWP residential customer with an online account in order to complete an online application during the program enrollment period of November 2 – 15, 2020.
While grants will be allocated via lottery, priority will be given to customers currently enrolled (as of November 1st) in one of four LADWP assistance programs: the Low-Income Discount Program; Lifeline Rate; Life Support Equipment Discount; or Physicians Certified Allowance Discount.
Please go to for general information. A Utility Grant Program Link will be available there soon.


Central Lutheran Food Distribution Update

10/21/2019 – we began serving our neighbors experiencing poverty twice monthly with the LA Food Bank’s Mobile Food Pantry, thanks to a grant for 1.25 years’ operation expenses from the St. Stephens Fund of Bethlehem Lutheran Church-Granada Hills, CA.

3/23/2020 – When other providers in our area shut down their food distribution programs following Safer At Home orders, we continued as the only on-going LA Food Bank program in a 6-mile radius, and ESSENTIAL SERVICE-certified program.

5/4/2020 – we opened WEEKLY Food Distributions, with the help of a grant from LA County Supervisor Sheila Keuhl, plus adding the Drop-Off Food Program from LA Food Bank, and recruitment through Volunteermatch to replace those volunteers no longer able to help us (COVID issues of age, underling conditions, being restricted-access sheltered while experiencing homelessness, etc). We are committed to continue weekly distribution through this year’s end, at a minimum.

6/30/2020 – thanks to a grant from the Loving Our Neighbors fund of the SW California Synod of the ELCA, we purchased a freezer to allow us to receive more donations, and to keep split pallets of frozen food from LA Food Bank deliveries.

CENTRAL is committed to serving Food Distribution weekly through the end of 2020. In November we will be assessing the budget and staffing + volunteer needs for 2021 to decide if we can maintain this or a similar level of service for Van Nuys. The success of our Fund-raising for the Refrigerator will have a direct impact on whether we continue to serve weekly (the extra money needed to act now – to replace the fridge that was leaving – was taken from our on-going service budget).

We are the ONLY WALK-UP Food Distribution happening consistently in our area. Many others offer drive-up pop-up’s but the level of poverty in our community means most families don’t have a car to bring during the day to get food.

Vote by mail

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Did you know  you have multiple options on where to vote?

All voters have been mailed a ballot. You may vote by:

  • Mailing it back
  • Putting it in a voting by mail drop box at the Van Nuys Library
  • Bring your ballot and vote in person at the Van Nuys Recreation Center, Central Lutheran Church, Van Nuys Elks Lodge, Latin Paradise Banquet Hall, Van Nuys Middle School. Find a location.

Select Vote Centers will be available beginning Saturday, October 24. All Vote Centers will be available beginning Friday, October 30.

Vote Centers will be open every day from 10 AM to 7 PM during the early voting period. On Election Day Vote Centers will be open from 7 AM to 8 PM. If you vote in person, avoid the line and go early!

You can sign up to track your ballot by subscribing to Where’s My Ballot and you can confirm your ballot was received and tallied through the Vote by Mail Status Tool.

More information on how to return your ballot at

Vote by mail boxes

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Coronavirus Resources

March 27, 2020 Update

Mayor Garcetti has extended the Safer at Home order as of March 26: Closure of all outdoor sports amenities — including skate parks, tennis courts, baseball fields, and basketball courts. Parks still remain open for walking or running; however, when at a park for any reason, Angelenos must maintain a distance of at least six feet between individuals at all times. Restrooms accessible to the outdoors will remain open during regular operating hours.

County Order As of March 27: The County has closed beaches, beach bike paths, bathrooms, piers, promenades and trails.

Testing is supposed to be available on a limited basis for the highest at risk:

65 and older; or
Have underlying health conditions including:
Heart disease
Chronic lung disease
Moderate to severe asthma; and,
People who are immunocompromised, including as a result of cancer treatment
Angelenos are also eligible for testing if they are subject to a mandatory 14 day quarantine period because they have been exposed to an individual with a confirmed case of COVID-19 and have more than 7 days of the 2-week quarantine period remaining.

Testing FAQs
Schedule a Test is full currently. If you are experiencing symptoms, please call your doctor.

March 19, 2020

Hello Van Nuys!

The VNNC would like to let you know that we are stepping up to help in these trying times by using emergency funds to pay for water at two local water dispensaries. For the next 6 weeks we are going to pay for 5 gallons of water for up to 55 families until supplies run out per store.

We are also reaching out with news you can use about resources available to you during this pandemic. First of all, we urge you to continue to follow a Social Distancing strategy as a way to save lives as explained in this entertaining Public Service Announcement. The life you save may be your own or your grandparent’s.

Max Brooks PSA

How to Social Distance

How to social distance

Credible Information Sources

Senior Meals

Senior Centers are closed. Current older adult participants will be contacted and provided information regarding meal distribution at the dining centers beginning Monday, March 16, 2020. Home delivered meals will continue to be delivered as usual.

Packaged or frozen foods will be distributed for pickup at regular meal sites. Department of Aging is currently working with partners to provide a home delivery service for the meals previously served at dining centers.

Please send a caregiver, friend or family member under age 65 to pick up your meals, as the Governor’s Office has asked those ages 65+ to isolate themselves at home to prevent coronavirus exposure. Our local center is SFVIC – Bernardi MPC, 6514 Sylmar Ave.

For more information regarding meal services, older adults can contact the centers they participate at directly or reach the Los Angeles Department of Aging at 213-482-7252. The Department of Aging is reachable Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and Fridays from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.


LAUSD has opened Grab & Go Food Centers starting yesterday. The locations will be staffed weekdays from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Each child can take home two nutritious meals. The center in our area is:
Van Nuys High School, 6535 Cedros Ave. More Info.
Sign up to volunteer to distribute food.

Homeless Shelters

LAHSA has announced that the winter shelter program has been extended. Hope of the Valley, 11076 Norris Ave, Pacoima will be open until September 30. The Mayor announced that 6,000 beds from the Red Cross will be set up in Recreation Centers to house the homeless with the first wave available this week.

Small Business

Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the different steps the City will take to help small businesses. $11 million is available to small businesses affected by the coronavirus with an Emergency Microloan Program.

Help for small business


  • Closure of all their front desk and walk-up services
  • 50% of their detectives will be deployed uniformed to patrol assignments
  • Instead of coming into your local police station please call or email.

Parking Enforcement

  • LADOT is only relaxing enforcement of street sweeping restrictions in residential areas and around closed schools (to help during meal pick up)
  • Citations issued on 3/16 (one day before the Mayor’s announcement) that meet these criteria will be immediately waived
  • Through 3/31, LADOT will not ticket and tow abandoned vehicles or oversized vehicle overnight parking fines
  • LADOT will continue enforcing parking restrictions that prioritize health, safety, and emergency access — including colored curbs, street sweeping around encampments, peak-hour restrictions, and repaving and slurry operations.


The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is encouraging seniors and vulnerable individuals to avoid DMV offices.