“Today, I get to teach people about birds, plants, and many of the topics I was exposed to back when I was a Corpsmember with the River Corps. Not only did I gain knowledge about nature and habitat restoration, but I also learned to cope with challenges in life, to better understand my inner self, and to feel connected to nature. I am grateful.”

– Melinda Alvarado, Alumni Corpsmember 

The River Corps is Back
After a year’s hiatus, our very special River Corps program got back to work on July 1st thanks to renewed grant funding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The River Corps is made up of a crew of four Corpsmembers (Brenda, Estituo, Selvin and Mitchell) who are being trained by Crew Supervisor Laura Marcella in environmental education, habitat restoration, river ecology, and community outreach as they work to improve and enhance the LA River and its surroundings.

“I like helping the environment and wildlife,” shared Corpsmember Brenda who is studying at Cal State LA. “I want to work with animals, maybe volunteer at the zoo one day. I really like being outside with nature,” she said.

True environmental champions, River Corps crews in years past have led kayak tours, removed graffiti and debris from the river, interacted with river-adjacent communities, and participated in environmental education programs and events. 

“I really like this crew,” expressed Estituo, who recently returned to the Corps. He continued, “It doesn’t feel like work. We can actually enjoy it. We clean it up and it looks like nature should.”
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Volunteers Embrace the Environment
We thank everyone who has found time to volunteer alongside Corpsmembers this summer during our special days of service.  On June 29th, community volunteers joined AmeriCorps Corpsmembers at our East LA site for a morning of service activities to reinvigorate a local park. Together, they repainted and helped rebuild the gazebo at the Mott Street Urban Farm, planted a new vegetable garden, and spruced up the site.​​​​​​​
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Two weekends later, on July 13th, another team of eager community volunteers teamed up with the Corps and volunteers from Boeing to plant 15 trees in Pacoima. Karla Ramos, Corps Director of Conservation Programs who led the effort shared, “It is always great to give volunteers an opportunity to give a little back to their community by simply planting a tree to help combat the heat island effect. It may be hard work when planting, but they can always come back and see the fruit of their labor and know that tree is there because of them.”
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Councilmember Partners with Corpsmembers
The Corps and Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Bonin are piloting a new “Mike Bonin Clean & Green Team” in Council District 11. This team of Corpsmembers will help with neighborhood improvement projects, beautification efforts and graffiti removal. Neighborhoods in the district include Brentwood, Del Rey, Ladera, Mar Vista, Pacific Palisades, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista, Venice, West LA, Sawtelle and Westchester. Bonin joins Councilmembers Gil Cedillo, David Ryu, Bob Blumenfield, and Mitch O’Farrell, who all have dedicated Corpsmember crews helping to keep their districts, and parts of our city, clean and green.
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Congratulations to our team at the West Valley Corps site on their 1-year anniversary! Staff from State Assembly Member Jesse Gabriel’s office and LA City Councilmember Bob Blumenfield’s office presented certificates of recognition to staff and Corpsmembers at a gathering this month to support the conservation work that Corpsmembers are doing in the San Fernando Valley around urban greening, trail work, fire fuel reduction, food waste recovery, recycling and e-waste collections, and community beautification.

What's next for the site? Additional funding has been secured from the Community Redevelopment Agency for the West Valley site to continue litter abatement efforts for the next three years, thanks to support from Councilmember Blumenfield's office.
We are excited to be selected as a recipient of the Project Innovation grant this year given by Telemundo and NBC4 LA. Their support will help our Corpsmember Development team in their efforts to guide Corpsmembers to build their futures by earning a diploma, deciding on a career, going to college, enrolling in a trade, or getting a job.
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