Walker Family Events Foundation (WFEF) was founded in 2019 by me, Tia, and my husband, Dan, out of a shared passion for philanthropy and community activism.
I am a lifelong resident of Compton, California, and a Compton High School alumna. I have always had a strong desire to see economic, social, and educational opportunities be made available to the Compton community and other marginal communities in Southern California, as well as across the country. My passion is helping veterans. I have many years of professional experience both in the federal and non-profit sectors as a caseworker specializing in veterans' issues. Several members of my family and many of my friends are veterans and I have seen first-hand the frustration that is common among veterans trying to navigate the VA system. Patricia's Project is named in tribute to my late mother, a U.S. Air Force veteran.
Dan is a transplant from the state of Washington. He is a well-respected FEI Reliability Inspector in the oil and gas industry in Southern California and has traveled and worked all over the country. He has years of non-profit organization experience in his Western Washington home town as well as in the Greater Los Angeles area. Dan is very generous and lends his time and construction skills in the service of others.
Seeing the impact of the global pandemic on at-risk and vulnerable people, we shifted our primary focus to creating the Veterans emergency COVID-19 Response Fund to address the needs of our veterans in the Southern California community and their families. Food insecurity and homelessness is increasing rapidly among veterans.
America has a long way to go in overhauling a broken system that undermines and undervalues those who have sacrificed everything in service to our country in the military.
We produce our fundraising events and create opportunities for developing and sustaining lasting partnerships between residents, local organizations, academic institutions, and government. Our events help to promote Social Cohesion by providing an environment conducive to positive interactions and open communication between families and the agencies that service their community. Funds raised at our community partnership events are used to fund grants and scholarships, and other projects that work to address the needs of our community.
In addition to our generous sponsors and donors, Walker Family Events Foundation is privately funded by a portion of proceeds from our family-owned business, Walker Family Events, LLC, an industrial supply company.
We actively volunteer in the community with our children and donate to various worthy causes.
Social Cohesion Program
What is Social Cohesion?
We believe that Social Cohesion is the most effective method in supporting members of local communities.
Our program aims to support grassroots organizations in the city of Compton and surrounding areas with a proven track record of serving veterans and their families, and other at-risk communities.
SOCIAL COHESION PROGRAM GOALS
To educate the community on common veterans issues and barriers, and promote volunteerism and advocating for the rights and respectful treatment of veterans and their families by the VA system and other government entities
To promote trust among neighbors and promote the benefits of a strong community network on individuals and families
To proactively work towards building and improving community cohesion and trust, and encouraging respect, understanding, and activism in local communities
To proactively promote networking and understanding between people of different cultural and ethnic backgrounds
To fund and promote local organizations which have proven to be active and positive community allies
To fund individuals and projects in the local community which have a worthy cause