Campus California was created in 2000 in order to help those most severely impacted by poverty and global climate change. The charitable organization provides aid to individuals living in the United States and around the world. Ultimately, the group aims to support sustainability projects while helping to contribute to solid waste reduction in the state of California.
About AB 341
In 2011, a piece of legislature called AB 341 was passed in California. The law states that California must work toward a 75 percent reduction in solid waste by the year 2020. Upon the creation of the law, various cities and counties throughout California have reported pounds of waste collected by the individuals at Campus California as a means of demonstrating progress toward this goal. The staff supports these strides and has altered the group’s mission statement in order to properly align themselves with goals regarding waste reduction through a partnership with local cities and counties.
How it works
The organization promotes sustainability projects and collects and sells donated items, therefore helping to power the state toward its solid waste reduction goal numbers. The group also assists individuals in nearby communities who are most negatively affected by poverty and global climate change.
Campus California has created a series of innovative programs that revolve around community cleanup efforts, art projects, and school recycling. They also set up donation boxes at local businesses, therefore making it easy for members of the community to discard used clothing in an environmentally friendly manner. They then save the items that are placed in the boxes but don’t get sold, such as food, toys, and books, and pass them on to local groups and schools that can use them. They also collect toys and books, donating them to smaller non-profits that don’t have the staff to get out into the community and host collection efforts themselves.
Campus California: Partnering With Notable Charitable Groups
Campus California feels that every individual has the right to accomplish goals and live a fulfilled life. By donating gently used clothes and shoes, community members can help to make this a reality for those who might not otherwise have the opportunities and materials necessary to achieve to their full potential. The organization also helps other beneficial community programs based around the country as they provide resources and care to those in need. Some of these programs include:
IICD Massachusetts works alongside Humana People to People to bring about understanding of garden farming techniques, as its members takes up roles in area farming clubs. This action helps to move a community’s focus from low-quality, processed food to homegrown fruits and vegetables, thus promoting healthier life choices for all citizens. A recent news update from the organization states, ”Sometimes a small change can lead to bigger things—a tipping point. Smoking used to be cool, and now after a few decades of education, people are choosing a healthier lifestyle.”
Since the programs began, thousands of rural farmers have joined farming clubs, and have become able to feed the members of their community healthy, fresh food. The individuals who participate in IICD Massachusetts hope to get students prepared to assist in rural African communities by teaching them the basics about creating their own community garden. Student members explain that they can now taste the difference between the vegetables they grow in their gardens and the ones that are available for purchase from the grocery store. Lately, these students have shifted their focus to increasing production. They’re also working to create a greenhouse.
The group is a non-profit that has worked in partnership with YouthBuild USA; an organization that works to offer comprehensive education, counseling, leadership development, support services, job and life skills, and on-the-job residential construction training, in addition to NCCER certification. The organization was founded in 1996.
IICD Michigan, alongside YDB, recently hosted a weekend retreat for its members. During this time, participants were treated to presentations, art workshops, inspirational sessions, and other programs. IICD member Nahyun reflects on his time at the retreat stating,” We asked why they joined YDB, and everyone had time to explain their reasons.” Many of the responses were insightful yet heart wrenching. Some individuals joined because they were suffering from the effects of poverty or inequality. These circumstances had made the individual feel as though it had become impossible to adapt to society, thus making them feel hopeless. Their membership in the group allowed them to overcome these feelings and enjoy a renewed sense of hope.
RVA St. Vincent
The programs offered at RVA share many similarities to those at IICD Michigan and IICD Massachusetts, though RVA does feature some unique traits. Participants aren’t simply training to assist in a developing country; they’re actually learning in a developing country. They get many opportunities to bring about change as soon as they begin their experience. Since the Academy re-opened in 2007, more than 140 volunteers from around the world have received training in working with Humana People to People both in Africa and Ecuador.
The Academy is proud to have put together several important projects, including a community center in the North Leeward area of St. Vincent, which also boasts a farm and a nature and hiking center. Richmond Vale Academy offers a unique opportunity for learning in the Caribbean. The institution has also granted six full scholarships to local residents, and will hand out four more over the course of the coming year.
Academy attendees regularly participate in a number of community outreach events, such as Open Saturdays, World Coastal Clean Up Day, the Rose Hall Community Center upgrade, and the development of educational and sports clubs in the area. Individuals also provide aid to orphans and those with physical disabilities. The group’s farm is home to limes, vegetables, bananas, pineapples, and passion fruit, as well as sheep and pigs.
Campus California was created in 2000. The group is focused on promoting sustainability, and providing support to individuals who are dealing with the negative impact of poverty and global climate change. They partner with other charitable causes such as IICD Massachusetts and IICD Michigan to provide assistance to those who need it most. Campus California has set up hundreds of donation boxes around the state, making it easy for community members to donate their gently used textiles in a safe and eco-friendly way.
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