Save the date! Echo Park’s Central City Action Committee is holding a charity rummage sale this week from Wednesday, June 11 to Friday, June 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The yard sale will take place at the old Echo Park Fire Station #6 located at 534 E. Edgeware Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90026. Apart from being a historical monument, built in 1929, the beautiful two-story Mediterranean style structure is also home to the non-profit and its youth program, which has operated there for over a decade.
Proceeds from the yard sale will help fund the organization’s programming and activities, specifically the youth program.
Ms. Maryanne Hayashi, the Executive Director of Central City Action Committee, has a history of having valuable products for sale at the fundraisers as many of the items are donated to the non-profit by other organizations.
About the Organization
Central City Action Committee was founded in the early seventies by a group of concerned local citizens who wished to contribute to the solution of youth problems in the area. Their mission is to keep youth in school and free from the criminal justice system by providing them with a community service program, consisting of counseling, supervised recreation, organized sports, tutorial, and employment preparation.
Fun Fact: Your Graffiti Blasters
For the past 20 years, Central City Action Committee has been receiving grants from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Public Works, for graffiti removal and community cleanups. They have the latest in color matching equipment and have become experts in sandblasting and the use of chemicals to remove vandalism from a variety of surfaces. Most of the work is done by staff who supervise small groups of community service referrals, both adult and youth.
The organization has Zero Tolerance areas where graffiti is removed daily, seven days a week. They have made a significant improvement in helping the community have a sense of self-respect and pride. Many local residents and businesses know exactly who to call when they want to report graffiti, and the organization responds accordingly.
So, tired of seeing graffiti in Echo Park? Weren’t sure who to thank? Try visiting the rummage sale this week to check out the items, support the non-profit, meet the staff, and admire a historical monument in the city.
To learn more about Maryanne Hayashi and CCAC, listen to our podcast episode where we interview her about Echo Park history, life, gangs, demographics, and many other topics. She came on the show to also discuss how her organization takes part in organizing the annual Echo Park Community Parade (which is prepping yet again for another great event).