Vons and Pavilions Fundraiser Benefits People with Disabilities

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Vons Fundraiser Benefits People with DisabilitiesJoin Vons and Pavilions stores in Long Beach, Lakewood and Los Alamitos as they raise money during April for services provided by Easter Seals to local residents with disabilities. Throughout the month-long charity campaign customers will be given the option at every check-out counter of making a contribution to Easter Seals Disability Services. Donations help Easter Seals provide job training and employment opportunities, pre-school and after-school services, independent living options that keep people in their own homes instead of institutions, and services that help adults learn daily living and social skills that most of us take for granted. For more about Easter Seals, visit www.SouthernCal.EasterSeals.com.

“Easter Seals Southern California has seen first-hand the positive impact of the money raised by Vons and Pavilions stores in the last seven years of this campaign for people with disabilities,” says Mark Whitley, chief executive officer of Easter Seals Southern California. “With a continuing difficult economy and more state cuts for services to people with disabilities across California, their financial support is as important as ever.”

Last year’s People With Disabilities campaign raised over $1 million in support of Easter Seals Southern California. “Vons is a proud employer of many associates with disabilities and we want to ensure the good work of Easter Seals continues in this challenging economy,” says Lori Raya, president of Vons. “We also know that Easter Seals Southern California consistently ranks among the most-efficient charities at serving people with disabilities. We are proud to support their efforts in our community.”

About Vons
Vons is the largest division of Safeway, Inc., a Fortune 100 company and one of the largest food and drug retailers in North America, based on sales. Safeway operates 1,678 stores in the United States and western Canada, 277 of which are in southern California and southern Nevada that operate under the Vons and Pavilions banners. Vons supports a broad range of charitable and community programs and in 2011, donated more than $14 million to cancer research, schools, as well as programs and services that assist veterans and people with disabilities.  www.vons.com/

About Easter Seals
Easter Seals is the leading non-profit provider of services for individuals with autism, developmental disabilities, physical and mental disabilities, and other special needs. For more than 90 years, we have been offering help, hope and answers to children and adults living with disabilities, and to the families who love them.

Through employment services, education, autism therapy, independent living and social skills support, Easter Seals creates life-changing solutions so that people with disabilities can live, learn, work and play in their communities. Support children and adults with disabilities at www.southerncal.easterseals.com. Follow Easter Seals SoCal at Facebook and Twitter.

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