A chapter of VCC in every community in the San Fernando Valley will allow communities to have at least one clean up per week.
Think of what that will do to make a community clean!
VCC supplies the equipment necessary to provide the necessities for all volunteers in the group and the social media that is necessary to help grow the VCC group within the community. We just need LEADERS to come forward and make the commitment!
Steve's journey with us has been remarkable. He joined VCC as a volunteer, with his wife Rachael, for the LA River clean up on March 21 of this year and kept coming to almost every clean up since then!
He has lead many groups for VCC both on the street and on the highway cleanings.
Steve is our "broken glass theory" person... and quotes this theory to every new member who joins us - so I have heard it over hundreds of times, but he is correct...we have to fix a situation as soon as we see it or the break in the glass (the accumulation of trash) will spread and become uncontrollable.
Steve Hirschberg has lived in the San Fernando Valley for over 60 years and has resided in Granada Hills for 30 years. He has a love for this area and is passionate about getting it clean. He has involved himself in outreaching with some of the unhoused individuals that are around the Target and Devonshire / Balboa areas so that he can keep those areas clean of trash and unwanted debris.
Steve graduated from California State University, Northridge with a B.S in Computer Science. He recently retired after working 37 years in the aerospace field, most recently as a Lead Software Engineer with Northrup Grumman. Steve enjoys the outdoors, hiking, and gardening. He also loves animals, especially his next door neighbor’s Siberian Husky, whom he walks daily along with his wife of 21 years, Rachael. They walk and pick up trash, by the way!
After 32 years of service I retired from UCLA in 2017. There is where I met my husband Frank and have been married for 32 years. I have 3 children, Lisa (from a previous marriage) Daniel and Marissa with Frank.
At a young age I remember always wanting to help others. So in high school I began my first volunteer experience as a Candy Striper at USC County Hospital. For the past twenty years I’ve been part of the Granada Hills Holiday Parade Commitee and Mrs Clause for the last eight. As Mrs Clause I wave to the children and blow kisses. I love seeing the kids faces light up as I drive by. As a member of the committee, we decide on the theme of the parade and sort out the logistics.
I also volunteer for the Center for Assault Treatment Services (CATS). I volunteer at their yearly 5k & 10k event. I also help in the CATS office when needed. After I retired I volunteered in the emergency room at UCLA Ronald Reagan every Friday for four hours. I also volunteer at running events (Dia De Los Muertos, Vacation Races etc.).
As you know I’ve been with VCC since last year. I believe in making a difference in the world. Volunteering is a great opportunity to make that difference. Volunteering makes my life more meaningful and rewarding. It’s also in my genes and DNA.
David Weisberg, owner of Cavaretta's Deli on Sherman Way, is passionate about the earth and especially in our parks. He is an avid climber, so we met through a mutual friend who suggest we help him out with park cleaning - Chatsworth Park north first by the railroad tracks in the hills. He had collected a huge amount of beer bottles, beer cans, paint cans and lids, and just debris - as well as discovered a horrendous array of graffiti that he wanted help with to get it hauled down and hauled away.
Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, David combines his love of hiking and the need for cleaning up our natural spaces. He is also a local business owner and father of three. Making our parks and trails a safer, cleaner experience is what David stands for.
Robert Newman is passionate about Mulholland Drive and Ventura Boulevard - partly because he lives in that area and partly because he is mad about trash being strewn around.
THE MISSION: To keep Mulholland Drive, between Encino Hills Drive and the 405 freeway, as clean and litter-free as possible.
Jane started her journey with clean ups utilizing a BUY NOTHING PROJECT group and her neighborhood - Martha and Yolanda streets.
She is passionate about this area since there are so many families that pass through a tunnel that has had offensive graffiti, homeless living in the area, terrible debris, etc. - all on the way to school, church or temple.
She recently moved to this area and has become a force in changing it for the better through her relentless efforts with Councilman Blumenfield's office and the neighborhood councils.
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