TheWal-Mart Foundation has made a $75,000 donation to the California Conservation Corps Foundation – the largest gift to the CCC in a decade.
The CCC Foundation, which guides the activities of the Corps, said the funds would be used to "to provide job training for at-risk youth as they work to preserve California's wildlife areas and assist emergency crews battling wildfires."
The CCC is a public-service organization that trains young men and women to perform conservation work, fight fires and help in emergencies, among other chores.
"Wal-Mart's generous donation marks the largest private donation in years and ensures that more young adults will have the opportunity to participate in the California Conservation Corps," said Cindy Laubacher, president of the California Conservation Corps Foundation. "We are grateful that the Wal-Mart Foundation's donation will allow us to continue offering young adults the training programs they need."
The CCC hires some 3,300 young adults annually for natural resource work and emergency response. The crews work in all regions of California – urban, suburban and rural – on projects that include emergency-response duties for floods, fires and earthquakes; energy conservation and retrofitting, irrigation system installment, landscape management, boardwalk construction, trail building, tree planting and wildlife habitat restoration.
"The Wal-Mart Foundation is pleased to step up and support the California Conservation Corps," said Amelia Neufeld, community affairs manager for Wal-Mart in California. "The Wal-Mart Foundation is proud of the work they do and proud to support these dedicated young men and women."
The California Conservation Corps Foundation is a San Francisco Bay Area-based nonprofit organization dedicated to the development of careers for young Californians through the sponsorship of educational and entrepreneurial opportunities in the CCC. The Conservation Corps secures grants and other funding while providing work experience, educational enhancement and on-the-job training.
The Schwarzenegger administration recession had sought to dismantle the CCC, but the move drew public criticism and the attempt later was abandoned.