We LOVE Our Volunteers!

April is Volunteer Appreciation Month. During the month of April (and all year round) we celebrate and honor the invaluable contributions of volunteers to our communities. A volunteer is defined as a person who voluntarily undertakes or expresses a willingness to undertake a service (Merriam-Webster Dictionary). 

At California Greenworks, our volunteers are the foundation that allows us to carry out our programming to improve the environment and quality of life in urban communities around Los Angeles. 

Volunteers Make Our World Greener

We hosted our Community Cleanup event on February 10 at the beautiful Westside Neighborhood Park. Thanks to all of our volunteers, we were able to clean up more than 100 pounds of litter!

Four of the volunteers at the event were the Artiga Family. Their entire family showed up and worked together to clean up waste in our community. After the event, we followed up to ask them about their experience. Here’s what they had to say: 

Q: How did you hear about California Greenworks Community Cleanup Event?

A: We first heard of the organization on a web search when our family (2 dad and two, 11 year boy/girl twins) were looking for a way to do some community service around the Martin Luther King holiday a few years ago as the pandemic was lightening up.  California Greenworks was sponsoring an event in the south LA area and were eager to participate. 

Q: What made you want to take part in our Community Cleanup Event?

A: We are eager to participate because we saw this as a way of helping our larger LA city community.  Even though we didn’t live in that part of south LA we deeply believe in the words of MLK that, “When one struggles we all struggle” and this was a way to help our larger city and its members.

Q: What was your favorite part or highlight of the Community Cleanup Event?

A: The best part of the cleanups was knowing we were contributing to our city and doing this as a family.  This tapped into my sense that “tiny steps can lead to many miles” in the sense that when we take some small actions together we can make a lot of good progress.  At the end of the events, the streets and parks that we helped clean up looked so much better. I asked my kids what they liked and they said “I liked cleaning…it was fun as a family.”

Thank You! 

A HUGE thank you to everyone who has donated their time and talent to support California Greenwork over the years! Thank you for supporting our goals to create; environmental justice and climate equity, sustainable, community-based restoration to eliminate urban blight and promote green space development, innovative, modern and actionable green education and curriculum, and advocacy for green job creation and economic development. 

Join us on May 4! 

Join us this Saturday, May 4, for our Community Cleanup event starting at 10:00 AM! We are excited to gather together for a day of community bonding and environmental stewardship.

This event is all about coming together as a neighborhood and making a positive impact on our local environment. We will be working together to clean up the park, removing litter and debris, and ensuring that our beloved park remains a clean and safe space for everyone to enjoy.

Registration link for our Community Cleanup event coming soon!