On November 8th, Corpsmembers got to visit and tour the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Building and learn about where the city's water and power comes from. They also heard about opportunities in the field of water, power, and sewer industry, and toured a smart building! Thank you to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission for supporting SFCC and making this visit possible!
On Saturday, October 28th, SFCC Corpsmembers worked at "Make a Difference Day" in Daly City to collect and recycle E-waste and used tires. This was an opportunity for community members to bring old electronic waste and tires that would otherwise end up in the landfill. Thanks to everyone that came and keep an eye out for our next E-waste/Tire event!
On Tuesday, October 24th, two Corpsmembers were invited to speak at the SF Port Commissioners Meeting. SFCC works with the Port on various projects that give our Corpsmembers experience in landscaping, invasive species removal, and community beautification. Their continued support ensures that our young people gain the skills necessary to secure employment and build a pathway out of poverty.
Shaumad Barnett and James Maungpuan, two Corpsmembers who have worked frequently on Port projects, presented at the Port Commission Meeting. They spoke about their experience in the SFCC and their goals after completing the program. Thank you to the SF Port for inviting our Corpsmembers to tell their story!
On September 28th, SFCC Corpsmembers hosted a booth at the SF Marina small craft harbor. Here they handed out boater kits and engaged the public about how to recycle used oil and reduce their waste. They even met with the Dock Captain, Ed, who was pleased to have us outreaching! We are excited by the opportunity to continue educating the public, and provide opportunities for our Corpsmembers in the community we serve.
On September 13th, 2017 SFCC began training for a new project with our community partner Recology. Our Corpsmembers will be working to remove and replace labels on all current toters (recycling bins used by Recology). We are excited to help move San Francisco towards a zero-waste future!
On Saturday, September 16th, 2017, SFCC staff and Corpsmembers attended the annual CA Coastal Commission Clean Up event. SFCC was excited to be part of a community effort to beautiful our local beach at Candlestick Point State Recreation Area! Corpsmembers got an introduction from the Ranger, Michael Bennett, and learned about the programs and opportunities with the State Parks. From 8am to 12pm, staff and Corpsmembers worked hard to pick up litter and beautify the area. SFCC is glad to be a part of the state-wide effort to clean up our coastal areas! Visit CA Coastal Commission for more information: https://www.coastal.ca.gov/
On August 30,2017, SFCC's first cohort of Pre-Apprentice participants graduated from the program! This 4-week intensive construction-focused training included tool-safety, hands-on learning experience, field trips to work sites, and much more!
Congratulations to our Pre-Apprentice graduates, we are excited for your bright futures!
Frank Garcia, Eric Aparicio, Kevin Hooker, De Jon Sandefur, Jonathan Jones, John Blazquez, Isabella Ali akbar Carranza, Joseph Howard, Lanaa Holmes, Damian Gudino, Savanneck Stiger, Otis Seals, Lorina P. Dones, Darlene Gilbert, Jolisa Franks
If you are interested in joining our next Pre-Apprentice class visit our webpage to learn more.
On August 20-23, Suzie Pederson, SFCC's E-waste crew leader, attended the California Resource Recovery Conference (CRRC) in San Diego. The CRRC "organizes one of the most comprehensive and informative conferences dedicated to recycling and sustainable materials management in California and beyond" (http://crra.com/conference). This conference was a great opportunity to continue our collaboration with other organizations and learn about upcoming opportunities to expand our impact.
Suzie states, “while attending the CRRA’s 41st annual conference in San Diego, CA I had the opportunity to hear from educated professionals about the latest policy, technology, and community organization related to the state’s current zero waste initiatives. There were a variety of speakers discussing a range of topics from the future of organics recycling to the latest policy put in place to address California’s zero waste goals. Some specific discussions that I took particular interest in were about educating and engaging students in zero waste, protecting fresh water systems by recovering drugs, oil, and mercury, and thinking about new ways to motivate change within our communities. I had the opportunity to meet the representatives of corps programs from different jurisdictions around the state to discuss future opportunities and current best practices within the corps. I now realize that it isn’t only San Francisco/NorCal that is taking action to address the issue of waste, but rather the entire state of California has taken a stance and there are people working all over to be a part of the solution. As said at the conference, California is a beacon of light for the rest of the country and is leading the way for zero waste. Overall, it was an enriching experience while being a part of several informative discussions and meeting others in the field who we could potentially form partnerships with.”
On Friday, August 25, the San Francisco Conservation Corps showed appreciation for our Corpsmembers and Staff for all of their hard work this summer by hosting a Fun Friday! This excitement-packed day included a boat tour of the bay (courtesy of Blue and Gold Fleet) and lunch at Dolores Park. Thank you to everyone who made this summer so memorable!!
On August 17, SFCC staff and Corpsmembers attended the Sunnydale Community Clean-Up event! This was hosted by the San Francisco YMCA, and included a neighborhood clean-up, back-to-school backpack giveaway, and arts and crafts fair. Our Corpsmembers and staff enjoyed meeting Sunnydale residents and other community members, and were excited to be part of beautifying our city! Corpsmembers also got to meet Mayor Ed Lee and the Chief of Police, and we are thankful to our partners and supporters that made this event possible. SFCC is grateful to be part of such an incredible community!!