PRESS RELEASE: Councilmember Ryu Launches Senior Outreach Program

LOS ANGELES - Following the launch of his Tenants Outreach Program on April 8th, Councilmember Ryu announced a Senior Outreach Program today, involving direct outreach and a volunteer program to help older residents of Council District Four. The volunteer program, which connects volunteers with seniors in their area, is managed by Mon Ami, a digital volunteer-to-senior match platform that recently partnered with the City of San Francisco. The direct outreach program is run in partnership with LA Works.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  

April 20, 2020

Contact for Councilmember Ryu:

Mark Pampanin

mark.pampanin@lacity.org

213.407.7616

Councilmember Ryu Launches Senior Outreach Program

LOS ANGELES - Following the launch of his Tenants Outreach Program on April 8th, Councilmember Ryu announced a Senior Outreach Program today, involving direct outreach and a volunteer program to help older residents of Council District Four. The volunteer program, which connects volunteers with seniors in their area, is managed by Mon Ami, a digital volunteer-to-senior match platform that recently partnered with the City of San Francisco. The direct outreach program is run in partnership with LA Works.

“We will only get through this crisis by working together, and finding creative ways to help our most vulnerable,” Councilmember Ryu said. “Our seniors are vulnerable not just to COVID-19, but to social isolation and difficulty getting their basic needs. Through our Senior Outreach Program, we are calling seniors across Council District Four directly and connecting them with volunteers who can pick up a prescription, buy groceries, or check in with a friendly conversation.”

"Now is the time for us all to come together and play our part," commented Mon Ami co-founder Madeline Dangerfield-Cha. "Even before COVID-19, seniors were at great mental and physical health risk due to social isolation; we can use our technology to show these individuals how much they matter and that we are here for them, no matter what. We're excited to partner with Councilmember Ryu and the City of Los Angeles to keep seniors connected with their community."

Mon Ami typically coordinates in-person visits to isolated seniors using its smartphone app. With in-person visits on hold, the app has been repurposed to enable volunteers to call isolated seniors for friendly check-ins and to coordinate errand runs for groceries, prescriptions, and other essentials. On April 1st, San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced a citywide partnership with Mon Ami to help seniors in that City. Councilmember Ryu’s program is the first Mon Ami partnership in the City of Los Angeles, and is seeking interested volunteers. All volunteers must fill out an online application and go through a background check. Learn more about how Mon Ami connects seniors with volunteers with this video.

Since launching his first outreach program in partnership with LA Works two weeks ago, Councilmember Ryu’s staff and volunteers have sent 11,322 texts and made 1,719 calls to tenants and vulnerable residents across Council District Four.

Sign up to volunteer for Councilmember Ryu’s Senior Outreach Program here.

Learn more about resources for seniors during the Coronavirus pandemic here.

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Assistant City Council President Pro Tempore David E. Ryu represents Los Angeles’ 4th Council District which includes Griffith Park, Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Miracle Mile, Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Larchmont and portions of Koreatown and Van Nuys. 


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