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From Earth Conservation Corps & our parters, Thank You.
We thank the Corps Network for awarding a matching $342,000 AmeriCorps "opportunity youth" grant to enroll 18 youth in a transformative year of environmental action. AmeriCorps’ defines opportunity youth as “Young people between 16 and 24 who are economically disadvantaged are unemployed and out of school at the time of enrollment.” Our challenge is to raise $110,000 by January 15 so we can begin their service year. Ambitious, but we can get there with YOUR HELP! Generous individual donations and grants from the Shields, Murray & SuPau Foundations totaling $118,000 have reduced our $342,000 number to 224,000. A donation of any amount is welcome.
Any form of donation is deeply appreciated by Earth Conservation Corps and our partners. We believe this next phase of Earth Conservation Corps' River of Hope Initiative to be the keystone of our operation. By bringing Earth Conservation Corps directly to the youth of Capital Guardian and New Beginnings in our raptor research & conservation program, we can then install a virtuous cycle where youth of both programs are encouraged to maintain connection with the Earth Conservation Corps through applying for spots in our corpsmember program. After the application and selection process, these promising youth with then return to their home in Washington, DC to go on working with Earth Conservation Corps and carrying on the legacy thirty years strong. Dr. Dian Fossey says it best, "It's not talking about conservation - it's action. Conservation begins with the boots on your feet."
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Dr. Dian Fossey
Dr. Dian Fossey inspired the Earth Conservation Corps foundation. Her message of "It's not talking about conservation - it's action. Conservation begins with the boots on your feet" created the drive of a corpsmember activated extreme conservation movement for Earth Conservation Corps thirty years ago. We are so grateful for her tireless battle of gorilla conservation. As her legacy carries on, we ask that you visit her organization's website, the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and consider donating to the gorillas. Since Dr. Fossey's movement, the once close to extinction species is now rebounding.
Earth Conservation Corps appreciates the forward-thinking vision of Mayor Bowser, the DC Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services, The Capital Guardian Youth ChalleNGe Academy, & Fresh Start Project DC for embracing the birds as an access point to engage with the natural world.
Other key partners include the Metropolitan Police Department, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, National Geographic Society, U.S. Navy Seabees, National Park Service, Smithsonian, Environmental Protection Agency, PEPCO, Americorps, ServeDC, Anacostia Riverkeeper, U.S.G.S., National Park Conservation Association, Living Classrooms, Eco Schools, Department District of the Environment, & Cornell Lab of Ornithology. We appreciate their trust and guidance of Earth Conservation Corps, as well as the commitment and generosity of our dedicated volunteers and funding partners who have enabled Earth Conservation Corps to develop into an innovative and forward-thinking model program that is building the new generation of conservation leaders to meet our looming environmental challenges.