Posts Tagged ‘california conservation corps’

The Central Coast is blessed to be made up of a number of communities where kind and  giving citizens are concerned for the welfare of their neighbors.  During the holiday season, there are a number of opportunities to help those in need by volunteering, giving to charity, and donating items to food drives and fundraisers. For those looking to do a little good work this season, check out these upcoming events that serve the people of SLO and spread some good will throughout the area.

Turkey Drive- Starting on November 1 and running through the 18, the FoodBank of Santa Barbara County will be holding their annual Turkey Drive.  Help them achieve their goal of collecting 2,500 birds.  Contributions can be dropped off at their facility at 4554 Hollister Ave on Mon-Fri from 7:30am-4:30pm.  You can also make a monetary donation online at

Flanders Bicycle Build and Swap- Time to clean out the garage, fix up that old bike, and donate unwanted parts. Join the Tall Bike Posse at Flanders Bicycle (1951 Santa Barbara St, Apt D, SLO) this Saturday, November 10 for a build, bike-in movie and potluck. There is no sellers fee, and donations of gently used gear are always appreciated.

SWAP Elfin Forest Work Party- Help maintain a unique part of the Central Coast ecosystem in Los Osos on Saturday, November 3 from 9am-noon in Los Osos.  The “Weed Warriors” meet at the north end of 15th Street near the Elfin Forest, and will help to combat soil erosion, invasive species, and maintain trails.  Tools, water, gloves, and snacks will be provided.  For more information, contact the Small Wilderness Area Preservation organization (SWAP) through Yolanda at or visit

Johnson Ranch Connector Trail- Help get the Johnson Ranch Connector Trail between Costco and Irish Hills in SLO get ready for business on November 3rd and 17th.  On Novermber 3rd, volunteers and members of the California Conservation Corps will be meeting at the Home Depot Parking Lot off of Los Osos Valley Rd beginning at 9am.  A free pair of polarized sunglasses will be given to all who attend.  The work party on the 17th will congregate at Laguna Lake Park at 8am for a light breakfast before trail work.  A BBQ lunch and t-shirts will be yours to enjoy in return for your effort! For more information, visit .

CNPS Native Plant Sale- Support the California Native Plant Society November 3 at the Pacific Beach High School at 11950 Los Osos Valley Road in San Luis Obispo.  There you will find hundreds of specimens of drought-tolerant and beautiful native plants as well as botanical experts to answer any questions you might have.  For gardening and event questions, visit their site at

Empty Bowls- The FoodBank of Santa Barbara will hold their 15th Annual Empty Bowls fundraiser on Sunday, November 15 at the Rockwood Women’s Club (670 Mission Canyon Rd, Santa Barbara) from 11am-2pm. Each person who makes a donation of $30 or more will receive a hand-picked ceramic bowl crafted by local artisans.  Attendees can choose from one of three sittings, and enjoy a silent and raffle.  VIP tickets are also available. To purchase admission, visit

Hunger Free Drive Campaign- The United Methodist Church of SLO asks members of the community to help end hunger locally through their 1-2-3 Hunger Free Drive Campaign.  To participate, donate a jar of peanut butter or a canned item to the Salvation Army or SLO Food Bank, or give a $3 to benefit the “Give Ye Them To Eat” program in Puebla, Mexico.

Santa Maria Car Show and Turkey Drive- Come take a gander at some gorgeous cars and help families in need on November 10, form 10am-2pm at the Albertson’s parking lot in Santa Maria (2320 S. Broadway). Bring your family and a turkey to benefit the FoodBank of Santa Barbara County.

Atascadero Horsemen’s Club Toy Ride- Bring an unwrapped toy to for the Horseman’s club Toy Ride on November 18. This family friendly trail ride will benefit the Marine Corp Reserve Toys for Tots program. Participants will meet at the Atascadero Mutual Water Company Maintenance yard (6575 Sycamore Rd) at 8am. Groups will leave every 15min until 10m and ride two hours north through the Salinas River to Hoover’s Beef Palace in Templeton at the stock yard. There will be water crossings. For more information, visit .






There is no doubt that California faces great challenges in the areas of education, environmental quality, and economic prosperity.  While the anxiety over the solutions to these dilemmas may at times seem overwhelming, there are progressive and established organizations that are working hard towards their solution.  It is heartening to know that for over 20 years, the Urban Corps of San Diego County has benefited local families, businesses, and habitats with their amazing program.

The Urban Corps of San Diego County is a non-profit, certified conservation corps and charter school that provides students with a high school education and job training in community service, recycling, and environmental protection and restoration.  Through the Corps, the county of San Diego hopes to assist young adults from the ages of 18-25 with obtaining skills that will help them to join the workforce and contribute to the health of the surrounding landscape.  Many of the participants have had previous difficulty in traditional high school settings and have entered as a means to cultivate focus and actively engage in their own futures.  Since 1989, 10,000 students have graduated with the information and training to succeed in the green economy.  Courses run the gamut from urban forestry to graffiti removal, green building to self-esteem training, application seminars to trail maintenance.  Between programs such as their Recycling Education & Community Outreach Program (ECO) housed in LEED certified buildings and classes on habitat restoration, environmental activists of any age would jump at the chance to become part of their team!

The creation of the Urban Corps began with the formation of the California Conservation Corps (CCC) by Governor Jerry Brown in 1976.  The CCC stood as continuation of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s legacy of providing vocational training and employment through the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930’s.  Drawing upon his knowledge of the CCC and his experience as a judge in the juvenile justice system, Justice Anthony Kline was inspired to marry the ideas of environmentalism, education and service.  With his leadership and the support of state and local government officials, the Urban Corps were created with donations, political cooperation, and a strong desire to serve the community.

To donate to the organization, visit their page to make a contribution.  Make an investment in the vitality and prosperity of our state through our children and the Urban Corps of San Diego County!