A Tribute to the Burbank Coordinating Council’s 80Th Anniversaryby Representative Adam B. Schiff
Posted on 2013-02-27
in the house of representatives
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Mr. SCHIFF. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay special tribute to the
Burbank Coordinating Council as it celebrates its eightieth
Since 1933, the Burbank Coordinating Council--comprised of volunteers from city departments, businesses, PTAs, service organizations, and schools--has been dedicated to serving the needs of Burbank by creating numerous programs to benefit the community.
The Burbank Coordinating Council founded many programs to serve the community, including the school crossing guards program called ``Safety Sallies,'' community forums to allow the residents' voices to be heard regarding public issues, Senior and Youth boards to better understand the needs of seniors and youth, Foster Home Studies, and Books for Korea.
In 1936, the Burbank Coordinating Council began a program to provide scholarships to needy children from low-income families to attend a week of resident or day camp during summer. This camp experience gives children an opportunity to make new friends, build self-confidence, relax and, of course, ``just be kids.'' Today, the Burbank Coordinating Council sends anywhere from 50 to 200 children to camp each year.
Since 1946, the Burbank Coordinating Council has prepared and delivered hundreds of Christmas baskets to families in need throughout the City of Burbank. These baskets, filled with food and gifts, are assembled with love and with the goal of making a positive difference in peoples' lives. This effort has grown tremendously over time, from serving a few families when it first began to now serving over 550 families annually, in what is now called ``Holiday Baskets''.
This remarkable organization always lends a helping hand to those in need of food, shelter, counseling, or other assistance. The time, energy and resources that the volunteers of the Burbank Coordinating Council provide to the City of Burbank is extraordinary, and so many needy residents have benefited greatly from the generosity of the Burbank Coordinating Council. I ask all Members to join with me in commending the Burbank Coordinating Council for eighty years of dedicated service to the City of Burbank.