Los Angeles City Councilmember Bill Rosendahl distributed two checks on Sunday — each one in the amount of $35,000 — to two non-profit organizations that help the most vulnerable in the community.
Rosendahl presented the cashiers checks to New Directions and Safe Place for Youth. The checks were the remaining funds from his re-election campaign. Rosendahl, who was recently diagnosed with cancer, later decided not to run and instead announced his retirement at the end of his term on June 30.
The former candidate then closed his campaign account that held $70,000 in donations. State law allows candidates to donate remaining campaign funds to charity.
Rosendahl chose the two organizations because of his work to improve the quality of life of our returning vets and to address one of the homeless issues in the City.
New Directions provides services, support and transitional housing to homeless veterans in Los Angeles County. New Directions is currently working on a local project that will house returning vets from Afghanistan and Iraq.
“Bill has helped us every step of the way with our veterans ” said Keith Jeffreys, who accepted the check on behalf of New Directions. “We just couldn’t be more proud of our affiliation with Bill and everything we’ve been able to do with him over the years.”
Safe Place for Youth assists homeless youth under the age of 25 and operates a drop-in center in Venice. Rosendahl was one of the early supporters of the organization.
“This check with enable us to expand even more on the services that we already provide,” said Alison Hurst, executive director of Safe Place for Youth. “The money is just a fantastic gift from Bill.”