Walker Family Events Foundation (WFEF) was founded in 2019 by Tia & Dan Walker out of a shared passion for helping veterans and the community.
Tia is a lifelong resident of Compton, California, and a Compton High School alumna. She has 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. Her passion is helping veterans and Tia has many years of professional experience, both in the federal and non-profit sectors, as a caseworker specializing in veterans' issues. Several members of Tia's family and many of her friends are veterans and it is through them that she has seen the frustration that is common among veterans trying to navigate the VA system. Patricia's Project is named in tribute to her late mother, Patricia Davis, 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, they shifted their 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.
WFEF produces fundraising events and creates opportunities for developing and sustaining lasting partnerships between residents, local organizations, academic institutions, and government agencies. Their 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 community partnership events are used to fund grants and scholarships, and other projects that work to address the needs of the local community.
In addition to their generous sponsors and donors, Walker Family Events Foundation is privately funded by a portion of proceeds from their family-owned business, Walker Family Events, LLC, an industrial supply company.
The Walkers actively volunteer in their community with their 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