Involvement thru Business Associations & Charitable Organizations
At Northridge Skateland we recognize our duty to take an active role in our community by continuously finding ways to assist members and organizations within the community to achieve their goals. We feel by being good business partners we assist in strengthening the economic vitality of the San Fernando Valley.
We are proud of our current alliances with the following fine organizations:
Give Kids The World
Skateland has been a supporter of GKTW since 1995. Skateland hosts families for a day of roller skating and lunch. The families are special – they have children who are battling life-threatening illnesses.
LAPD Devonshire PALS (Police Activity League Supporters)
Skateland has assisted in donating thousands of dollars to PALS through Chamber Mixer drawings. PALS, which operates its youth center a mile away from Skateland, is dedicated to providing positive alternatives for our neighborhood’s children ages 7 to 17. Longtime Skateland Manager, Vickie Bourdas Martinez, has been serving on the PALS Board of Directors since 2006 and currently serves as the Board President. Visit PALS at www.devonshire-pals.org.
Los Angeles Police Memorial Fund
Skateland has been a supporter of the Annual Los Angeles Police-Celebrity Golf Tournament for many years. Mike and Dave Fleming feel supporting our police department is vital to the safety and well being of our community. Both were also reserve officers for the LAPD at Devonshire Division.
North Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce
Skateland has been a Business Member of the Chamber since 2001. Vickie served on the Board from 2004 to 2009 and was the Chairperson of the Board of Directors for 2006 and 2007. Each August, Skateland hosts its annual family and business networking mixer. Visit www.nvrcc.com.
North Valley YMCA
Skateland has been a supporter of the NVYMCA for the past 18 years and a “Patron of Youth” sponsor since 2001. The YMCA serves the health and social service needs of men, women, and children. The Community Support Campaign offers scholarships for character building and life-changing programs in addition to their fitness facilities. Visit www.ymcala.org/north-valley.
San Fernando Valley Partnership Youth Organization
Skateland has supported the San Fernando Valley Youth Partnership’s Youth Summit since 2005. The Summit brings kids and teens together to discuss issues that face our youth today. Skateland provides a FREE roller skating pass to each of the 500 participants!
New Directions for Youth
Skateland has been a supporter of New Directions for Youth since 2007. NDY is dedicated to providing comprehensive programs and services to at-risk youth and their families. Mike and Dave Fleming were presented with the “Bruce Ackerman” Partners with Youth Award at the NDY 2011 Spirit of Hope event. NDY youth are provided an afternoon of roller skating and Perky’s Pizza during school breaks. Visit www.ndfy.org.
Some of our past alliances have included:
GLAD – Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness
Skateland’s Community Outreach Director, Vickie Bourdas Martinez, served on the GLAD board from 2006-2009. She assisted the board by working through issues that affected the deaf and hard of hearing community and brainstorming ways to further their mission of ensuring equal access of the deaf and hard of hearing community to the same opportunities afforded their hearing counterparts. Visit GLAD at www.gladinc.org.
In honor of it’s 50th Anniversary, in 2008, Skateland committed to a yearlong fundraising effort to benefit ThinkCure! the official charity of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Skateland owners Dave and Mike Fleming donated all admissions fees collected at Skateland’s 50th Anniversary party held on January 30, 2008, donated all proceeds from our Skate-A-Thon, and donated 25 cents from every skating admission during the 2008 as well. In addition, the Flemings made a $5,000 contribution to kick off the campaign Visit ThinkCure! at www.thinkcure.org.
West Valley YMCA
Skateland hosted the Y’s hockey party for 5 years and in 2005 donated an electronic scoreboard for their use.