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Welcome to Friends of West L.A.

Welcome to the Friends of Westwood Recreation Complex, also known as Friends of West L.A. or FOWLA. We are a registered 501C(3) non-profit organization, with a mission to support the schools, parks, libraries, police, and firefighters of West L.A. Our tax ID is 26-1693591.

Governance

FOWLA is governed by an all-volunteer board. We generate returns from our investments, which are provided, with no strings attached, to the recipient facilities. We also accept contributions.

How You Can Contribute

We welcome and appreciate general contributions, but we also accept donations that can be specifically allocated to any of the facilities we support. You can choose to dedicate your contribution to a particular school, park, library, police station, or fire station. To make a contribution, please find our Contribution Form HERE.

Who We Support

Thanks to the generosity of our community and corporate sponsors, FOWLA is able to provide support to a wide range of facilities in West L.A. These include:

Schools

  • Fairburn Elementary
  • Overland Elementary
  • Westwood Charter
  • Castle Heights Elementary
  • Emerson Community Charter
  • Palms Middle School

Parks

  • Cheviot Hills Recreation Center
  • Palms Recreation Center
  • Westwood Recreation Center

Libraries

  • Westwood Library
  • Palms-Rancho Park Library

Police

  • West Los Angeles Community Police Station

Fire

  • Los Angeles Fire Station 37
  • Los Angeles Fire Station 43
  • Los Angeles Fire Station 59
  • Los Angeles Fire Station 92

Funding Policy

All facilities receive the same level of funding. The facilities were selected as they provided services to the Homeowners Associations (HOAs) who participated during the creation of FOWLA. Please note that existing facilities cannot be removed from the recipient list and new facilities cannot be added, except when a contributor directs new funds for another facility or project. In the case of donor-directed contributions, the FOWLA Board will make sure the contributor’s wishes as to the use of their contribution are honored. 

Financial Oversight

The FOWLA board does not exercise any control over facility funds, except to ensure that the funds are not directed to individuals. We ensure that expenditures are approved by the person in charge at the facility, and that funds are used to benefit the recipient facility. The person in charge varies depending on the facility:

  • Schools: Principal
  • Parks: Park Director
  • Libraries: Librarian
  • Police: West LAPD Captain(s)
  • Fire Stations: Captain(s) or Firefighter in charge of House Dues

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As stated in our bylaws, FOWLA is organized exclusively for charitable purposes within the meaning of Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3). Our goal is to improve the infrastructure of the West Los Angeles area through contributions to city facilities, including schools, parks, libraries, police, and fire. We aim to improve the efficiency of local facilities and the operation of local government, and we pursue any other means consistent within the limitations of Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3).

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Annual Allocations

 

Facility Percent Est Annual Contribution
West Los Angeles Police Department 11.00% $27,500
Los Angeles Fire Station 92 2.50% $6,250
Los Angeles Fire Station 37 2.50% $6,250
Los Angeles Fire Station 43 2.50% $6,250
Los Angeles Fire Station 59 2.50% $6,250
Westwood Charter Elementary School 12.30% $30,625
Overland Elementary School 12.30% $30,625
Fairburn Elementary School 12.30% $30,625
Castle Heights Elementary School 12.30% $30,625
Westwood Recreation Center 7.30% $18,333
Palms Recreation Center 7.30% $18,333
Cheviot Hills Park 7.30% $18,333
Palms – Rancho Park Branch Library 4.00% $10,000
Westwood Branch Library 4.00% $10,000
Total 100.0% $250,000

 

Board of Directors

President

Michael Eveloff

Vice President

Jim Goodman

Secretary

Geralyn Goodman

Board Members

Laura Lake

Joseph Galloway

Jobe Benjamin

Steve Sines

FOWLA Remodels West LAPD Bureau’s Community Room

We've recently remodeled the West Los Angeles Police Bureau's community room with new paint, floors, and soon, furniture for the officers and community members. #FOWLA

FOWLA Donates $30,625 to Overland Elementary

We are happy to support Overland Elementary with a donation to help students continue to receive the best education and resources they need! Please visit us online at our website to learn more.

FOWLA Donates $30,625 to Fairburn Elementary School

We are happy to support Fairburn Elementary with a donation to help students continue to receive the best education and resources they need! Please visit us online at our website to learn more.

FOWLA Donates $30,625

We are happy to support Castle Heights Elementary School with a donation to help students continue to receive the best education and resources they need! Please visit us online at our website to learn more.

FOWLA Donates $30,625 to Westwood Charter Elementary

We are happy to support Westwood Charter Elementary with a donation to help students continue to receive the best education and resources they need! Please visit us online at our website to learn more.

FOWLA Donates $10,000 to Westwood Library

Happy to support Westwood Los Angeles Public Library with $10,000 to purchase more books for the library. #FOWLA

FOWLA Installs Wifi Router Systems at Firestations 94 & 39

We've installed Netgear Orbi mesh wifi systems in multiple stations over the years. The latest stations we helped get set up are Firestations 94 and 39. Firestations need fast wifi. Whatever we can do to make their jobs easier. #FOWLA

FOWLA Donates New Washer and Dryer Units to Firestation 64

We helped Firestation 64 with a new refrigerator. Their washer and dryer unfortunately blew out and didn't know when they'd get a new one. So we got them two new washer and dryer units. #FOWLA

FOWLA Donates Massage Chair for Firestation 43

Firefighters have been busy during this heatwave. We purchased a new massage chair for Firestation 43 so they can relax. We hear that they really enjoy it! #FOWLA

FOWLA Donates New Refrigerator to Firestation 64

We learned that Firestation 64 needed a new refrigerator because their food (that they have to buy) kept spoiling. So we got one for them! We're happy to help our firefighters who help us all everyday.