Community beautification projects

Clean up your act and uplift the community by volunteering with local organizations with a focus on cleaning and preserving our beautiful valley. As many of these groups have been around for years, I recently discovered a few of them.

Big Sunday and Youth in Action
A community service based organization,  that started in 1999. They have monthly to annual projects ranging from community beautification to collecting donations for the needy.

LA Conservation Corps and the Clean & Green program
Apart of the Los Angeles Conservation Corps, the longest running youth program in the area, Clean & Green offers youth the opportunity for job experience. Middle and High School students who are between the ages of 14-17 years old can work apart of the 4-5 week community beautification projects. This program receives donations from Councilman Zine’s office.

LADWP, Cash for Grass
Looking to save cash while conserving water usage in your own yard? LADWP participates in a program called Cash for Grass.  This effort started in 2009. Essentially, you remove turf and replace with drought tolerant plants. Once approved for the program, you can quality for $1.50 per square foot of yard that receives approval for conversion. For information on the Residential Drought Resistant Landscape Incentive Program, please call 888-376-3314.  For information, please visit and click on “Rebates and Programs” or call 1-800 DIAL DWP and speak with a customer service professional. (image credit: LA Times)

Graffiti clean up
Last year, Councilman Zine introduced a stronger enforcement for penalty of vandals caught and charged with tagging. Apart of that motion, citizens who report information that leads to arrest and conviction will receive a $1,000 reward.

From their site: If you have information, please call the Topanga Area front desk at (818) 756-4800. If you see suspicious people in your neighborhood, please call our dispatch at (877)275-5273,(877) ASK-LAPD or for a crime in progress please call 911.

If you would like to report anonymous tips please call CRIME STOPPERS at 800) 222-TIPS (8477) or text a tip to CRIMES (274637). Please see “Graffiti and Illegal Dumping Apprehension Program” for details.

Tree People become a Citizen Arborist
Sign up to become a citizen arborist starting October 6, 2012. This 7 week program provides intensive training in classroom and out in the field. At the end of the program, receive a certificate and become a part of the this wonderful network.

From their site: As a Citizen Arborist you become a participant of TreePeople’s citywide tree care network.  While you are providing tree care to your community you will also be asked to make yourself available to support other folks in your local area.  This may include answering questions via email or phone, or going to look at a tree on site.  Every 3 years you will need to complete 60 hours of community work to renew your status as a Citizen Arborist. A 10 hours minimum needs to be completed each year.

Looking for more volunteer opportunities, check out the volunteer match dot org site.


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