Weekly CEO Message 4/14/20

Hello Friends,

Here is your weekly reminder that none of us are alone.

This week, Corpsmembers were able to let many isolated people know they are not alone by continuing to bring nourishment and a sense of hope to seniors and others who cannot leave their homes. They did that alongside a host of other local community organizations and municipal agencies who are thinking creatively and being proactive in caring for our friends and neighbors.

When John Prine—my favorite singer/songwriter who died last week from complications of COVID-19—was the age of our Corpsmembers, he wrote a heartfelt and soulful-beyond-his-years song about what getting old might bring and how lonely it can be for so many.  With each box delivered to homebound Angelenos, our Corpsmembers not only heeded John’s call to say “Hello in There”, they showed us all what it looks like to be in this together!  (RIP, JP!)

Over the past week, Corpsmembers:

  • Picked up 225 food boxes from the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank in Commerce.
  • Delivered and unloaded 125 food boxes and 71 bags of vegetables to local residences.
  • Delivered 71 food boxes and 71 bags of vegetables to 6 different senior living communities.
  • Picked up 222 Easter hams from Serv-Rite and Bar-M Meat Companies and delivered them to the LA Boys & Girls Club, Healing Urban Barrios, Church of the Epiphany, Toberman Park Association, and MacArthur Park Apts.

So many individuals and groups are stepping up, and the Corps is proud to serve in partnership with them. As venerable LA journalist, Steve Lopez, pointed out this week, we are in good company. 

We want to continue to answer the calls from our partners for support and “boots on the ground” response, so this week we are launching our Called to Serve Campaign and asking you to stand with us. By making a gift or starting your own online fundraiser today, you will let our Corpsmembers know that they are not alone.

Please help us help others who are struggling right now.

Yours in service and gratitude,
Wendy Butts
Chief Executive Officer
LA Conservation Corps

The LA Conservation Corps is an environmentally focused youth development organization. We unleash the power of youth to preserve our natural resources and beautify our urban environments. Corpsmembers make Los Angeles’ under-served urban neighborhoods better places to live, work, learn and play. In the course of restoring the environment and serving their communities, youth are empowered to chart their own courses toward rising out of poverty.

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