Promoting Healthy Development

Building Capacity to Effect Change in Communities

Encouraging Volunteerism

As part of their National Service commitment, Climate Corps AmeriCorps Fellows joined together on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to perform an environmentally-themed Day of Service. The cohort partnered with Richmond nonprofit and Climate Corps partner, The Watershed Project, to pick up trash along the shoreline of Stege Marsh. Among hundreds of pieces of styrofoam and plastic, Fellows picked up some notable items including a pair of Nike's and a laptop bag. We appreciate these Fellows for improving the environment around them, both in their Fellowship roles and in their volunteer work.

With a lot of planning and one hard day's work, a team from Public Allies joined forces with members of the Trust for Richmond's Land, and Mayor Tom Butt to restore Kennedy Park in South Richmond. The long neglected park was brought back to life with new landscaping and artistic touches.  The pride and excitement from residents over the reclamation of this community asset is evident in NBC’s coverage of JFK Park Build.

Officials participating in Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service represent 149 million Americans, nearly half of U.S. population

March 7, 2015 marked the 3rd annual Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service, and locally both San Francisco & Richmond BACR AmeriCorps and VISTA were honored.  Shown here from the City of Richmond event are our Richmond service leaders who received recognition from Mayor Tom Butts for their contributions to the Richmond community.  City Community Specialist, Rochelle Monk, combined honoring all volunteers in Richmond - who are traditionally honored with a luncheon during Volunteer Week - with the Mayor for Recognition of National Service.

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. - and the holiday dedicated to his legacy - over 100 BAYAC Corps members and 5 VISTA members joined other volunteers from the Oakland area to plant trees and native plants, and to pick up trash in a neglected & blighted neighborhood near the Oakland Coliseum. The project was organized by Urban Releaf.

John A. Perez, Speaker of the California Assembly, recently introduced Assembly Bill 2328 which would establish a new California Service Corps (CSC).    I was proud to testify in support of this bill at the State Capitol on April 9th   The bill was unanimously approved by the administrative review committee.   If funded  AB2328 would create a new State-run Service Corps modeled after AmeriCorps.  California Volunteers would manage the program in partnership with local government and non-profits.

As CEO of BACR  I am deeply gratified that Mayors Jean Quan of Oakland and Gayle McLaughlin of Richmond were among dozens of mayors nationwide who,  on April 1, 2014, took time out to honor the contributions that AmeriCorps and VISTA members have made to their cities.

Nationwide, city mayors have come to recognize National Service as a powerful strategy in addressing local challenges.  The Corporation for National & Community Service can quantify that AmeriCorps volunteers “help bolster the capacity of the social and public sectors, deliver critical services, increase job opportunities, and save taxpayers money.