MLK 25th Annual Day of Service

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?”
– Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Across the country, thousands of Americans participated in service activities on January 20 in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This year marked the 25th anniversary of the MLK Day of Service which celebrates Dr. King’s vision of empowering individuals, strengthening communities, bridging barriers, and creating solutions to social problems. This specific federal holiday is the only holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer and improve their communities.

Civicorps had the honor to volunteer alongside Oakland City Councilmember Noel Gallo’s District 5’s Fruitvale Bart Area. Together, Corpsmembers, Civicorps staff and alumni helped clean up the streets. We picked up loose plastic, old furniture, recyclables, and unexpected items like a toilet. Collectively, along with other organizations including Playworks, California Waste Solutions, and Peace Starts with Me, we picked up truckloads of trash, a united community serving Oakland.

“It meant a lot to me because as we were getting done, I could see the difference we made. The streets looked better. Knowing that young kids will be able to walk down these clean streets gives me hope for my 3 year old son’s future. He being there present to witness this community effort was impactful and I am grateful for it. Plus, it was MLK Day, honoring this black historical leader made me feel good and I know he would have been proud of us doing this act of service.” – Imani Allen, Corpsmember and AmeriCorps Recipient, Civicorps

I am glad that Civicorps has the opportunity to be part of these activities honoring the legacy of MLK’s commitment to making our communities better and more equitable.” – Tessa Nicholas, Executive Director, Civicorps

In addition, a Civicorps crew was at the MLK Shoreline helping East Bay Regional Park District control traffic during their annual celebration honoring Dr. King.

“I made sure folks felt welcomed as they entered the parking lot to honor Martin Luther King Jr. This celebration brought so many people together, I was just glad to be there helping out.” – Ta-Ron Giddens, Conservation Intern and AmeriCorps Recipient, Civicorps

Even though MLK’s legacy is nationally recognized on this day every year, we are presently committed to working throughout the year to make our streets better for our communities. We were pleased to discover that Councilmember Noel Gallo’s team leads weekly clean ups that honor the spirit of community and service! So if you would like to help out and dedicate your time to volunteering, reach out to Civicorps staff and together we can serve Oakland!

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International Volunteer Day 2018

It’s International Volunteer Day!

Looking for ways to volunteer your time?  Have only a few hours to donate per year?  Come help Corpsmembers learn valuable interview skills as they prepare for graduation and look ahead to careers by serving as a Mock Interview Panelist!  Here’s what some recent panelists had to say about their experiences:

“I recognize the valuable partnership between Waste Management and Civicorps, and appreciate the focus to provide support for young adults working to overcome barriers on their path to success.  It was a great process to guide the students as they prepare to enter the workforce, allowing me to share some of my own personal stories and experiences during each mock candidate interview.  In addition to the event providing students the opportunity to practice their interview skills, it provided me a platform to sharpen my own interview skill sets.” 

– Jeff Cox, Waste Management & Civicorps Mock Interview Volunteer

“I volunteer because Civicorps youth look like me and I want to be an example of what success looks like in the real world. Civicorps produces leaders, each with their OWN leadership skills. I’m always promoting Civicorps because of the opportunities for young adults. But the opportunity to make a wage that will change your life exists in the partnership with Waste Management and Civicorps, and that is what’s needed; a streamline process with a support system in place for the transition period.”

– Ammie Brandon, Waste Management & Civicorps Mock Interview Volunteer

Have even more time to donate?  We are always looking for Academic Coaches to spend in depth time 1:1 with our students, on a variety of subjects.

SIGN UP HERE for either or both opportunities.

Civicorps is grateful to all volunteers who have helped bring success to our Corpsmembers. Academic coaches, mock interview panelists, and community volunteers, thank you for your time and commitment to Civicorps. We are also thankful to Waste Management, Beneficial State Bank, NextGen, Chevron, Enterprise and all corporate volunteers  supporting our Corpsmembers in their leadership skills.

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Mock Interview Panel

Mock Interview 

On Friday, 11 volunteers conducted mock interviews with our future graduates! We welcomed volunteers from Salesforce, The Crucible, HiveQuest, and retired individuals to help our students sharpen their interview skills.

Many students were nervous when they sat down for their first interview, but by the end, they were bursting with confidence!

“Even though the students were nervous, they came across as prepared and confident.” – Volunteer

Mock Interview Panel / Civicorps

It was also an inspiring experience for our volunteers:

“Interviewing is an important skill, so I’m happy to provide an opportunity for practice and improvement.”

“It’s vital to help youth develop skills that provide a pathway to financial stability, so I’m happy to help Civicorps students gain those skills.”

Interested in volunteering at the next Mock Interview Panel in April? Sign Up below!

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