Weekly CEO Message 4/20/20

Dear Friends,

Are you following the #metoWe posts on your social media platforms? Are you building new communities online and feeling more connected to friends and family, or do you feel disconnected and unsure?

Luz, a longtime Corps staffer and former Corpsmember herself who is responsible for recruiting new Corpsmembers, realizes just how powerful and personal this moment is for all of us:

“We are all here because it is important to us to build community. But, some of our Corpsmembers don’t even know what that means. Sure, they come to work every day, but they might not understand the value of what they are doing. This is a great time to remind them of what a profound difference they are making in their community and how this will go down in history. We love what we do. We are all working together in this community.”

Last week the Corps:

• Delivered 450 boxes of food from the LA Regional Food Bank to residences around the city.
• Delivered 30 boxes of prepared food and fresh fruit from Habit Café in CD 1 to local community groups.
• Launched our first virtual professional development classes for Corpsmembers.
• Pressure washed 1,600 feet of sidewalks, cleared thousands of pounds of litter from public alleys, and removed 428 discarded mattresses from streets to maintain public health and safety.

Thanks to Mayor Eric Garcetti for recognizing the Corps has that Angeleno Spirit and mentioning us in his State of the City address last night.

We also received donations of cloth face masks and other necessary PPE from Big Bud, Joah Love, and a number of our Board members. Thank you so much for continuing to care so passionately for our staff and Corpsmembers!

You are part of a community – a community that believes in second chances, the untapped strength in each of us, and the promise of a better tomorrow.

We promise to be here tomorrow, and for as long as we can continue to build community.

Yours in service and gratitude,

Wendy Butts
Chief Executive Officer
LA Conservation Corps

P.S. We need your help to remind Corpsmembers of their #lacorpspower and their place in the community. Please join the Called to Serve Campaign today and ensure that the Corps is here to serve the community and Corpsmembers for many more tomorrows.