The New Year is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on our accomplishments and pursue opportunities that can maximize the impact we have in communities around us. The Community Investment for Families Department (CIFD) is ready to embrace 2023 and the challenge of ending poverty and igniting generational change. We can achieve this by creating strategic partnerships and working to ensure our programs are tailored to the unique needs of Angelenos. We invite you to read the newly released CIFD Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2022-25. In it, you’ll find the mission, vision, and core values that guide our decision-making and actions in serving the community.
On December 16, we were honored to welcome Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass to All Peoples FamilySource Center for a holiday giveaway celebration. At the event, CIFD helped announce the new GIVEN direct-cash assistance program that provided 5,000 families across Los Angeles with $300 to help meet their holiday needs. We are excited to collaborate with Mayor Bass and the Mayor's Fund for Los Angeles to align our shared commitment to providing added support to low-income working families across our city.
CIFD staff joined many of our non-profit partners to help spread the spirit of giving during the holiday season. Our FamilySource Centers and Domestic Violence/Human Trafficking Shelter agencies organized events that provided generous donations of toys, groceries, and hygiene products to the families we serve. We welcome any opportunity to engage with the Los Angeles community and work hand-in-hand with those who make this City special.
Lastly, tax season is upon us, and our Free Tax Prep LA (FTPLA) partners are ready to assist low-income tax filers throughout the process of filing taxes and claiming available tax credits, all at no cost. We will be inviting partners to an FTPLA event in the coming month to help our communities gain greater financial resources and stability to help them thrive.
We will reach new heights in 2023! In partnership with all of you, we will continue to be relentless in our advocacy to advance programs aimed at disrupting the cycle of poverty and trauma that has plagued our communities for far too long.
Abigail R. Marquez