Just Jobs for Waste Workers featuring Civicorps

If you live in California, you’re probably already used to the fact that the rest of the country follows our lead on innovations in everything from tech products to the entertainment industry to environmental policy.  We’re proud to say that Civicorps’ unique career pathway partnership with Waste Management is no different — it’s been noticed by an environmental and labor coalition in New York City and featured in their recent Just Jobs for Waste Workers report.

The Transform Don’t Trash NYC coalition is dedicated to transforming New York City’s commercial trash industry to reduce waste and pollution, foster clean and healthy communities and create good jobs.  Enter Civicorps!  Former Civicorps Recycling driver Kiara Alexis, featured last year on KTVU Fox Channel 2’s “Bay Area People”, is recognized in the report as a trailblazer to emulate.  Her experience, illuminated on page 12, is lifted up as an example to cities to “prioritize hiring and job training for communities that are often excluded from good jobs.”
The entire report is aimed at recommendations for how sanitation policy in New York City, but applicable anywhere, “could make life better…while making the city safer and more sustainable.”

Congratulations to Kiara Alexis and to the two Corpsmembers featured on the front cover of the report, Jocelyn Hernandez and Jovante Jackson!  We are so proud your hard work has been recognized.

“The best part of my job is that a lot of women come up to me and feel inspired that I am a truck driver.” – Kiara Alexis, Teamster Apprentice at Waste Management

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Driving Towards a Dream - KTVU

Former Civicorps Recycling driver, Kiara Alexis, is featured in KTVU Fox Channel 2’s segment “Bay Area People.” Our Executive Director Alan Lessik, and Recycling Manager Hector Abarca, are also featured and talk about the this exciting career pathway.

“The best part of my job is that a lot of women come up to me and feel inspired that I am a truck driver.” – Kiara Alexis, Teamster Apprentice at Waste Management

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Civicorps Receives Community Partnership Award

On Thursday, April 19th, Civicorps was presented with Mutual of America’s Community Partnership Merit Finalist Award. This prestigious national  award recognized Civicorps’ Teamster Union Apprenticeship Career Pathway Program in partnership with Waste Management that provides a pathway to lucrative union careers in truck transportation.

The award luncheon was held at the Oakland Marriott City Center Skyline Room where 100 guests enjoyed the sweeping views of Oakland during the awards ceremony. Theodore Herman, Vice Chairman of Mutual of America Foundation and Abbas Moloo, Regional Vice President of Mutual of America made opening remarks. Then, Thomas Gilliam, Chairman and CEO of Mutual of America presented certificates to organizations who helped create this career pathway:

Phil Dillard, Board President; Councilwoman Lynette McElhaney; Alan Lessik, Executive Direcotor; Minna Tao, Recology Golden Gate

Mayor Libby Schaaf, gave a powerful speech on unity and perseverance, recognizing the strengths of the partnership. Then, the Mutual of America Foundation presented Civicorps with a $25,000 check. An unexpected surprise!

Mayor Libby Schaaf

To honor those key individuals who helped create this partnership, one-of-a-kind commemorative coins were presented to Councilwoman Lynette McElhaney, Waste

Management’s Jacob Buckley, Teamster Local 70’s Felix Martinez, and Recology Golden Gate’s Minna Tao.

The ceremony was filled with inspiring speeches that demonstrated the strong relationships Oakland has forged to create career pathways for Oakland young adults. Thanks to Mutual of America Foundation and all our partners for a joyous celebration!

Check out photos from the event: FB Album.

Listen to Civicorps on KCBS radio talking about our pioneering partnership.

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Civicorps featured in Waste Management Blog!

Waste Management featured Civicorps in its latest blog:

Building our Community

A unique relationship between Waste Management of Alameda County (WMAC) and Civicorps is helping to change the outlook for these four young adults and building a foundation for future generations. This relationship was also made possible through the help of the Teamsters Local 70 and the Machinists Local 1526.

Civicorps, an Oakland-based education and job training nonprofit, offers young adults a chance to earn a high school diploma and the job training necessary for them to have successful careers. Part of the nonprofits’ job training program includes a commercial recycling collection service.

The four young adults currently working at WMAC have similar stories and one common goal: become successful in their chosen careers. All four made decisions several years ago to change their life and begin working to a brighter future.

Civicorps featured in Waste Management Blog!

“I just got tired of working my part-time job, I wasn’t going anywhere,” said Andrew Saelio, 20, a mechanic intern. “Now, working here, I’m learning something every day.”

Wuillian Montolla, 27, and Corey Lever, 25, are also learning new skills as they collect compostable materials from restaurants as teamster apprentices. Both said they are thankful for the opportunity and dedicated towards making sure they will have a successful career.

“I now have a career I can be proud of,” Montolla said. “Civicorps and this program changed my life.”

Civicorps featured in Waste Management Blog!

If you haven’t already, welcome Candice, Andrew, Wuillian and Corey to the team. They’re working hard to ensure their futures are bright.

Thank you Waste Management for featuring our youth!

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E-Waste Drop-Off Collection Event!

E-Waste Drop-Off Collection Event! / CivicorpsE-Waste

Drop off your unwanted electronics for FREE on April 21st and 22nd!

10am to 3pm
155  Myrtle St. in the parking lot on 3rd Street between Myrtle & Filbert St.

The devices can be in good condition, broken, or non-functioning.

Items That We Can Take

  • TV’s and CRT Monitors *
  • Flat Screen / LCD Panels & Plasma Screens*
  • Rear Projection TVs *
  • Laptops *
  • PC / CPUs *
  • Cell phones, Smartphones
  • Tablets and e-readers
  • Telephonic equipment and Walkie-Talkies
  • Digital cameras, Video Cameras, Projectors,
  • Printers, Scanners, digital adding machines and calculators
  • Networking / Servers equipment
  • Mixed Electronic Waste (keyboards, mice, network cables, power cables, chargers, peripherals, digital clocks, etc.
  • Stereo equipment, radios, tape and CD players/recorders, phonographs (no stand-alone speakers of any type allowed)
  • Small home or office appliances  (no refrigerators or air conditioners)

Sorry but we cannot accept

  • Light bulbs of any type
  • Batteries (except laptop batteries installed in a laptop)
  • Large appliances (stoves, washers, dryers, water heaters)
  • Techno Trash such as CDs, VHS tapes and DVD
  • Stand-alone speakers
  • Refrigerators and air conditioners

*Civicorps is registered with the State of California as an E-waste Collector. We are required to verify your I.D. as the owner of certain electronics that are sent to recycle.*

For more information, check out: http://www.civicorpsrecycling.org/e-waste-program/

Questions? Call (510) 992-7871

 

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