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Photo Diary: Coronavirus Response and Relief
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Corps across the nation are stepping up in a major way to assist their local communities. Below is a photo and video timeline of how Corps continue to engage America’s young adults in meaningful service.
For general updates from The Corps Network during this crisis, and to learn how we are supporting the Corps community, please go to our COVID-19 Response Landing Page.
Welcome Back: The 2020 Conservation Corps season is up and running for
Rocky Mountain Conservancy.
Responding to the COVID-19 crisis: Local Conservation Corps of California provide emergency and essential support services to meet local needs.
Lending a helping hand: AmeriCorps members from Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa assisted Minneapolis Public Housing Authority with distributing household essentials and food to residents in south Minneapolis.
Returning back to the field: Great Basins Institute’s field personnel are back in the field with a “new normal” way of completing projects that includes PPE, updated sanitation protocols, and social distancing.
Keeping their distance: Members with Conservation Corps North Bay build trails at Helen Putnam Regional Park.
Securing food for local residents: With help from community partners, members with Conservation Corps North Bay provided food for thousands of residents in Marin.
Preparing for the summer season: Members with LA Conservation Corps removed over 3,000 invasive Arundo Donax plant stalks in Big Tujunga Canyon to help with fire prevention.
Back in the field with the BLM: AmeriCorps members with Western Colorado Conservation Corps are wearing masks and practicing social distancing while serving on projects in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management. One crew recently completed a project on the Lower Colorado River to remove invasive tamarisk and Russian Olive trees. They also applied herbicide to prevent regrowth. Two crews are currently assisting the BLM: one is working on a sign project, while the other is building a fence.
Gathering for a morning stretch: With Corpsmembers excited to start the Wild Restoration team, Montana Conservation Corps Field Coordinator, Darcy Smith, leads a socially distanced stretch circle.
Cleaning up the local bike trail: Over Memorial Day, Canyon Country Youth Corps crew leaders and field bosses volunteered to maintain Monticello’s bike trails for the local community to enjoy.
Restoring native wetlands and trails: For the last few weeks, members with Conservation Corps of Long Beach have been working alongside Tidal Influence to help restore native wetlands and trails at Zedler Marsh. Corpsmembers collected 138 pounds of trash, removed 3,360 pounds of invasive vegetation, and repaired over 750 feet of recreational trail.
Continuing their service: Crew leaders with Canyon Country Youth Corps have been volunteering with Bluff Mutual Aid since April by packaging and delivering supplies for families living in remote parts of southeastern Utah.
Training for chain saw certifications: Members from California Conservation Corps practice using the chainsaw to get their cut down perfect. During this training, Corpsmembers master their chain saw skills for wild fire season.
Preparing parks for re-opening: Maine Conservation Corps Environmental Steward, Amanda Haddock, gets trails ready for visitors at Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park.
Back in the field: Members from Northwest Youth Corps started their field leader training this week. With increased safety precautions and protocols in place, they are ready to improve more public lands and empower the next generation of conservation leaders.
Picking up where they left off: Members from YouthWorks are excited to be back! Corpsmembers spent the day being trained on new safety protocols and making improvements at Deyoung Natural Area for the Leelanau Conservancy.
Work hard, play hard: It’s refreshing to start your day off with some fun during these times. Watch Corpsmembers from Conservation Corps North Bay give a dance routine before heading into service.
Creating online content for students: Montana Conservation Corps‘ Big Sky Watershed members have been busy creating an online watershed curriculum for local clubs and schools to use while students work from home.
Highlighting the work of Corps: Corpsmember Development Specialist, James Winfield, appeared on MSNBC with Senator Chris Coons. In this conversation, James Winfield talks about how Civic Works has responded to the pandemic with a food outreach program to elderly residents.
Giving back to the community: Members from Conservation Corps North Bay are still working hard helping distribute food at food banks three days a week.
Returning to the field: Members from EarthCorps safely returned to the field to continue caring for the Puget Sound greenspaces.
Tracking the habits of turtles: VetWorks Interns from Mt. Adams Institute set up turtle traps at Mason Flats in Portland, OR. This project is part of a multi-year study looking at how western painted turtles are utilizing urban habitats as well as tracking distribution and population trends.
Bringing the summer camp experience to your home: Mt. Adams Institute piloted their very first At-Home Adventure Camps (A-HA): Budding Birders and Backyard Explorers! Due to COVID-19, this will be the first year that Mt. Adams won’t have an in-person camp.
Cleaning up the coast: Corpsmembers from GulfCorps Bay Crew are back in the field with St. Andrew Bay Resource Management Association (RMA) bagging oysters shells for new living shorelines installations.
Assisting the National Guard: Iowa-based AmeriCorps members from Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa joined the Iowa National Guard and Habitat for Humanity, Inc. to assist the Northeast Iowa Food Bank with food packaging and distribution.
Delivering food to families in rural areas: With support from the Rural Utah Project, Canyon Country Youth Corps and a group of volunteers gathered at the Twin Rocks Cafe multiple times each week to pack food into boxes and deliver to families from Blanding to Navajo Mountain to Aneth.
Prepping for fire season: Wildfires don’t a take a break. Members of the California Conservation Corps dug a fire line the size of a football field as part of their test to become part of a wildland firefighting hand crew. CCC Butte’s crew passed their drill this week and are now ready to take on the task of protecting property and people.
Investing in Landscape: Corpsmembers from Conservation Corps of Long Beach built and installed OHV barriers in Angeles National Forest to protect habitat from illegal activities, giving the landscape a chance to make a full comeback.
Cleaning up the natural world: Corpsmembers from Conservation Corps North Bay collected tires from Russian River Alliance to recycle. Corpsmembers are using this time as an opportunity to keep the natural world clean while most people are staying inside.
Assisting in numerous ways: Over the past month, Los Angeles Conservation Corps 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.
Sorting and boxing food: Members of the Polk County Crew with Conservation Corps of Minnesota & Iowa deployed for two weeks to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank where they will sort and box food for those in need.
Working on the frontline: California Conservation Corps spent the last several days packing and unpacking equipment, maintaining the grounds, and moving hospital beds at the Porterville Developmental Center. The facility will add more than 200 beds for COVID-19 patients.
Serving canned goods: Utah Conservation Corps USU AmeriCorps members, VISTA’s, students and community volunteers grab “Low Hanging Fruit” to serve their community.
Loading essential items in vehicles: Greater Service Miami Corps provided food and other goods to residents in partnership with Board Member and State Rep. Kionne L. McGhee, Miami-Dade Dade Police Department and Farm Share.
Assisting with debris pickup: Conservation Corps of Long Beach partnered with the City of South Gate to provide bulky-item pickups, freeing up necessary city personnel for the coronavirus response.
Providing supplies for infants: Through the support of the Orsinger Foundation and Greater Austin, American YouthWorks was able to continue purchasing diapers for the babies of parents enrolled in the YouthBuild Austin a program of American Youth Works.
Aiding the local food bank: Corpsmembers from the Iowa Lakes and Timbers crews with Conservation Corps of Minnesota & Iowa package and sort food at the River Bend Foodbank.
Preparing and delivering meals for the community: Corpsmembers from Santa Fe YouthWorks assisted the World Central Kitchen serving nearly 2,000 children in need each day.
Serving members of the community: San Jose Conservation Corps passed out bags of groceries to those affected by the crisis.
Providing healthy food for families: Watch this video of the San Jose Conservation Corps + Charter School explain what they are doing to divert food from landfills and provide nutrition to people in need.
Donating technology to the local community: YouthBuild Austin Mentor Program of American YouthWorks partnered with the City of Austin Government Digital Inclusion initiative. Through this partnership, computers refurbished by MediaCorps students were donated to residents who need access to technology.
Donating food to those in need: Corpsmembers from Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa‘s Field Crew and Youth Outdoors programs supported emergency food assistance efforts at Second Harvest Heartland.
Teaming up with the others: Gulf Corps and Conservation Corps of the Forgotten Coast along with others in the local community distributed food to over 170 families in the Gulf County area.
See coverage on the local news: ABC 13 | Youtube
Gathering food for families: Fresno EOC Local Conservation Corps teamed up with Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission Food Services Division to bag food for those impacted by COVID-19.
Delivering food to remote areas: Canyon Country Youth Corps (CYCA) is partnering with Bluff Area Mutual Aid (BAMA) to pack and deliver essential items to members of the Navajo Nation living in remote areas of San Juan County, UT.
Providing help to the food bank: Civicorps assisted the Alameda County Community Food Bank to serve local citizens in need.
Constructing micro homes: The Construction crew members of YouthBuild Austin a program of American YouthWorks are building a micro home at Community First Village. These photos were taken last month before the City of Austin Stay Home Order, but the crews’ work did continue with extra safety precautions as construction was deemed essential service.
Fixing up an alternative care site: CCC Pomona Corpsmembers worked last week and over the weekend to help get the Fairview Developmental Center in Costa Mesa ready to accept COVID-19 patients. The center is an alternate care site to help reduce the strain on Southland hospitals.
Transforming a former sports arena into a medical site: California Conservation Corps set up hospital beds, IV stands, mattresses, and more at Natomas Arena. The arena will hold a maximum of 400 beds and is among several sites setup across the state to relieve the strain put on hospitals.
Farming to feed Baltimore families in need: The local news reported on the Civic Works Real Food Farm, where AmeriCorps members and staff are growing more produce and delivering food and other necessities directly to people in need.
Preventing the spread of wildfires: During the COVID-19 crisis, the work to prepare for and prevent wildfires takes no break. CCC Monterey Bay Corpsmembers are working to protect a prestigious park and trails system in Santa Cruz called Pogonip.
Servicing the Utility District: Civicorps continues to work with East Bay Municipal Utility District to remove overgrown and hazardous vegetation.
Feeding the community: Over the past week, LA Conservation Corps delivered 71 food boxes and 71 bags of vegetables to 6 different senior living communities. Corpsmembers also picked up 225 food boxes from the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank in Commerce, and gathered 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.
Staffing food pantries: Conservation Corps North Bay Corpsmembers partnered with Canal Alliance and Marin Community Clinics to staff food pantries in San Rafael and Novato every week.
Providing essential support for those in need: The San Jose Conservation Corps are working hard to provide emergency support services. They are helping with activities including sheltering the homeless, preparing and distributing food, building tiny homes for homeless students, and fire managing fire fuels.
Refurbishing medical supplies: CCC Santa Maria Corpsmembers are refurbishing older surgical masks from the national stockpile and building face shields for Santa Barbara County Public Health Department. The refurbished masks will be used by Santa Barbara County health workers until the newly manufactured masks ordered by Governor Newsom arrive.
Delivering food to senior citizens: Conservation Corps of the Forgotten Coast distributed food to over 90 households belonging to individuals of the senior citizen community.
Prepping vehicles for safety: Conservation Corps North Bay practice social-distancing by disinfecting work vehicles.
Preparing Long City Beach for COVID-19 patients: Conservation Corps of Long Beach built and placed 100 cots for the Long Beach Convention Center.
Distributing food donations: Corpsmembers from the CCC Delta Center are assisting the Interfaith Food Bank of Amador County in Jackson. Corpsmembers are unpacking, sorting, and prepping food donations. They’re also filling up cars and unloading trucks as residents in and around Jackson need and offer assistance.
Reducing fuel hazards: Local Forestry Fire and State Lands Wildland Urban Interface seasonal employees, Utah Conservation Corps crews and Bureau of Land Management wildland firefighters worked to reduce fuel hazards along Pack Creek and Mill Creek.
Shipping medical supplies: Volunteer personnel from the California Conservation Corps prepare pallets of ventilators that will ship to various states.
Supplying companies with fresh fruit: Corpsmembers from Urban Corps of San Diego continue to bring some Vitamin C to San Diego. They are working with ProduceGood to help pick fresh fruit and make it available to those in need during these times.
Feeding hundreds of families: Utah Conservation Corps continues to assist with serving food to Utah State University students, faculty and staff during COVID-19. The Student Nutrition Access Center remains open to serve Utah State University students, faculty, staff and student families during the (COVID-19) public health emergency.
Helping disperse food to the local community: LA Conservation Corps helped the West Valley Food Pantry sort and box donations. Corpsmembers delivered boxes of prepared meals and fresh vegetables from the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank to dozens of senior citizens in Council Districts 4 and 10, and kept the community healthy by hauling away thousands of pounds of trash from streets throughout the city.
Assisting local food banks: Across the state, California Conservation Corps responded to calls from local food banks to help get food to families in need.
Sanitizing school equipment: Corpsmembers from MHYC’s Energy and Water Conservation Program are working with Denver Public Schools to help prepare equipment for students to use at home while engaging in distance learning. They are taking the necessary precautions for social distancing and helping ensure equipment is clean and disinfected.
Providing essential items for infants: LA Conservation Corps is working to engage Corpsmembers in local and state-coordinated response efforts. Corpsmembers recently assisted local nonprofit Baby2Baby, which provides diapers, clothing, and other essential items to children living in poverty.
Distributing fresh produce: As an essential service, the Civic Works’ Real Food Farm program continues to operate, seeing increased demand for food. Through this program, Corpsmembers and volunteers grow healthy produce and make it available to community members in need.
Volunteering at local food banks: Some members from Civicorps have volunteered at the Alameda County Community Food Bank. The Food Bank launched an urgent response to the public health crisis.
Sanitizing hard to reach surfaces: Corpsmembers from the CCC Delta Center are helping protect emergency managers and decision makers by disinfecting railings and other high-touch surfaces—both inside and out—at the operations center where the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services is coordinating the state’s response to COVID-19.
Building tents for medical centers: Conservation Corps of Long Beach Corpsmembers constructed emergency tents for St. Mary Medical Center.
Keeping roads clean and safe: Crew Supervisors and Corpsmembers with Civicorps‘ Recycling and Land Management programs continue to deliver essential services in a reduced and modified capacity (to adhere to social distancing guidelines), including helping keep roads safely clear of foliage and debris, maintaining flood channels, and collecting recycling from customers around the East Bay.
Constructing emergency testing facilities: Corpsmembers with Conservation Corps of Long Beach have worked with the City of Long Beach’s Emergency Response Team to help construct large tents to be used for triage, screening, and other health care-related purposes.
Supplying medical goods: Corpsmembers from the CCC Delta Center in Northern California are helping manage a distribution center for medical supplies. The center is helping distribute everything from syringes to cots. At the time of this post, they had already processed roughly half a million masks.
Helping distribute masks: California Conservation Corps in Placer County moved about 2,000 surgical masks out of storage and loaded them into trucks to be transported to a distribution point. From there, the masks will make their way to health care providers that partner with the county.
Preparing fresh meals: To address nutritional and economic needs during the COVID-19 pandemic, Kupu launched a free meal distribution program on Oʻahu. Each meal is prepared fresh by Kupu’s Culinary Program, housed at the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Hoʻokupu Center in Kewalo Basin.
Cleaning local facilities: Corpsmembers from the California Conservation Corps helped prepare a warehouse in Fresno to be used in distributing medical supplies. Before shipments arrived, Corpsmembers cleaned the facility and helped ensure it was ready to store supplies.