Echo Parenting & Education, a long-time nonprofit that offers parenting classes, is teaming up with a local restaurant for a month-long Piece of of Pie pizza fundraiser.
During November, Mohawk Bend will give Echo Park Parenting & Education $4 for each of the specialty pizzas created for the fundraiser event. In honor of Echo Park Parenting, the restaurant created “The Kid Are Alright” pizza with braised fennel, goat cheese, parmesan and arugula.
Kim Pesenti, development and communications coordinator, says the fundraiser comes at a time of change for the group:
If you’ve ever driven by the United Methodist Church on Saturday morning, you probably have seen many families gathered around the entrance. Until a few months ago, Echo Parenting & Education had been holding weekly community parenting classes at the church, in both English and Spanish.
Formerly the Center for Nonviolent Education and Parenting, the nonprofit was started by longtime Echo Park resident and activist, Ruth Beaglehole. The nonprofit offers a wide array of parenting and professional programs that address the broad spectrum of challenges that families face, whether it’s ending physical violence in the home, seeking alternatives to time-outs or understanding the unique needs of a toddler or adolescent.
“We believe that how adults care for children has a great effect on how our children will care for the world and finally we have the science to back up our philosophy and practice.”
As the organization has expanded, they have outgrown the church and are looking for a new home, Pesenti said.