Thursday, May 4, 2017

Volunteers of America Los Angeles Supports Healthy Youth Development

Since 2009, Alicia Procello Maddox has served as president of the Avery Dennison Foundation, which cooperates with nonprofit organizations to advance education and sustainability initiatives. Outside of her professional pursuits, Alicia Procello Maddox is on the board of directors of Volunteers of America Los Angeles (VOALA).

VOALA serves people across LA through a variety of programs and services. The nonprofit focuses on the areas of education, literacy, and health to provide ongoing support from pre-K through early adulthood and beyond.

Los Angeles children 5 and under can benefit from VOALA’s preschool, head start, and early head start programs. Offered throughout Los Angeles County, these programs support children’s physical health and their emotional, social, and cognitive growth. 

Alongside its work in early education, VOALA offers supportive services such as childcare for low-income families and caregiver support for parents of children with developmental disabilities. As children move into adolescence, VOALA continues to support their development through various education and empowerment programs. 

To help students complete high school and enroll in postsecondary institutions, VOALA offers Upward Bound and Educational Talent Search programs, which provide after-school academic help and test preparation for the PSAT, SAT, and ACT. VOALA’s other youth initiatives are directed toward homelessness, gang prevention, and mentorship. For more information about VOALA’s programs for children, youth, and adults, visit

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Volunteers of America Helps Veterans

Alicia Procello Maddox serves as the president of the Avery Dennison Foundation as well as the vice president of corporate social responsibility for the Avery Dennison Corporation. In these positions, Alicia Procello Maddox is involved with global grant making and employee engagement strategies. Aside from work, Ms. Maddox is involved with numerous organizations including Volunteers of America Los Angeles, where she serves on the board.

Volunteers of America, founded in 1896, has spent more than 100 years working to help every person reach their potential, no matter their current circumstance. As such, the organization provides support and services to women, children, youth, families, and adults in need. Volunteers of America is also committed to serving veterans.

Programs addressing the specific needs of veterans focus on issues such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, traumatic brain injury, substance use disorders, homelessness, and unemployment. A variety of programs are in place that support veterans. The Veterans Service Center in downtown Los Angeles serves as the first point of contact for referrals to all other programs catering to veterans through Volunteers of America. Depending on an individual’s needs, he or she may be referred to programs such as the Supportive Services for Veteran Families which helps provide the skills necessary for housing stability, or the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program, which provides individuals with employment training. 

Programs through Volunteers of America serve an estimated two million individuals each year in hundreds of communities. As one of the largest and most comprehensive service organizations in the nation, Volunteers of America continues to positively impact those that could use additional skills and assistance.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Public Health Advocates and the Fight Against Diabetes in California

Public health advocate Alicia Procello Maddox leads the Avery Dennison Foundation in Glendale, California. As organization president and vice president of community investment, she oversees grantmaking and employee engagement strategies throughout the Fortune 500 company. Alicia Procello Maddox concurrently serves as a board member of Public Health Advocates, and recently moderated a conference on diabetes prevention for the organization.

Public Health Advocates, previously known as the California Center for Public Health Advocacy, facilitates public health initiatives at the local level. By partnering with neighborhoods and schools, it helps ordinary institutions become positive forces for improving public health in California and beyond. 

In California, more than half of adults are living with diabetes or prediabetes. Public Health Advocates suggests that this is partially because of economic inequalities in the state. Many traditionally low-income areas have limited access to both healthy foods and recreation areas for playing and exercising. 

In order to combat these issues, Public Health Advocates has been listening to concerns from people with diabetes to learn how best to serve their families. This targeted effort began in 2016, and has been working to make diabetes prevention a high priority in California.