We are always looking for volunteers who want to make their community a nicer place to live - cleaner, no graffiti and no bulk items left out on the streets.
It is amazing what a team of great volunteers can do together!
Cooperation amongst community businesses and volunteers can produce incredible results and make a huge difference in a community!
Here's a new VCC video that will crack you up.
It is ironic that we cleaned up 117 bags of litter on this one mile stretch of the 118 between Porter Ranch Drive and DeSoto with volunteers.
Thank you to everybody's hard work on cleaning the Streets & 118 FWY. of the SFV!
Jul 21, 2021
Volunteers Cleaning Communities do cleaning events at least twice a week which gives the volunteers a choice - it is great exercise, a chance to meet great like-minded volunteers, have some fun and make a difference in your community! VCC is excited to have you join the team! Are you passionate about what we're doing? Let them know! VCC are always looking for volunteers to help us make their vision a reality. They'll help you find a way to volunteer that best suits you. - either cleaning the streets or cleaning the highway or both. YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Jul 21, 2021
Councilmember John Lee and Volunteers Cleaning Communities, a team started in CD12, received a generous donation from Home Depot to facilitate cleanups in the neighborhood.
Feb 14, 2022
VCC and Granada Hills Charter High School completed an amazing litter removal and beautification project with 30 students, Bonnee (the student coordinator), a parent and 8 VCC volunteers around the entire perimeter of the high school. We picked up litter, swept the curbs, cleared the storm drains, bagged the leaves and complied the various illegal dumping items into one location - collected and disposed of 85 huge bags of trash. It was a great collaboration of what can be accomplished when teams work together for a common goal - making a difference in our communities. Thank you all!
Feb 21, 2022
Another VCC and Shepherd Church in partnership for the monthly clean up event - this time at the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve area. We have been working on the creek bed clearing the tremendous amount of debris that flows down during the rains. Tents, clothes, pallets, rugs, pipes, etc. are entangled in the tree roots making it a challenge to remove, but this last Saturday with over 30 volunteers we were able to remove 65 huge bags of trash / 1000+ lbs in just two hours. We are planning to continue this effort next month. www.VCC.world
Feb 12, 2022
Today we had a huge joint clean up event with VCC and Shepherd Church in the south part of Limekiln Park cleaning the east side of the riverbed of 150+ 55 gallon bags of trash, shopping carts, a sofa, lounge chair, wicker chair, pipes, wood, tent remains, etc. We had to form a human chain across the dry riverbed in order to move all the bagged debris across to a place where we can get trucks to pick this up and dispose of it. The area was cleaned completely, everyone had a great time making a difference and most said that they did not have to go to the gym that day because they got the exercise there. Please join us in making a difference in your community.
VCC and Councilman John Lee talk about the Environmental Awareness Day event on November 20th, 2021.
VCC presents its FIRST inaugural Environmental Awareness Day at Chatsworth Train Station. 58 Booths, Food Trucks, Music, Speakers, Educational Speeches, Art Contests, Face Painting, Balloon Sculptures, etc. all based around getting the community into volunteering for something that will help their community and the environment,
VCC was asked by the owner of Dollar Tree on Balboa to clean up an active homeless encampment with the approval of the resident. It was a single resident who had amassed a huge amount of garbage that was hazardous for her, the community and the environment.
VCC holds a Shout Out with signs that read "Please Don't Litter Our Streets! on Topanga Blvd from the 118 to Ventura Blvd from 7am - 8:30am to give the driving community (workers, mothers driving kids to school, students, etc) a signal and message that there are many people picking up litter and we need them to help by not littering in the first place. Funevent with lots of honks, waves and thumbs ups!
It is so important to remove trash wherever you see it - in the gutters, on the sidewalks, in parking lots, on hiking trails - however getting it out of the river beds where the final destination is close which is the ocean is a critical clean up. That is what Volunteers Cleaning Communities is doing today and have been doing on the LA River for over a year. It it makes it to one of our SFV rivers, then it will make it to this Sepulveda Catch basin - and if we do not clean it out of this area - it will find its way to the ocean. The volunteers for VCC are amazing and so passionate about getting the environment cleaner and safer for us and all the species that share our planet. This type of cleaning will also allow the plants to seed, root and grow so that areas like this remain a beautiful, fun and safe place for families to enjoy in the future.
Working with the Neighborhood Councils in the San Fernando Valley is a way of assisting them with a successful beautification event because of the combination of NC volunteers and VCC volunteers. We bring all the equipment that is needed for either a clean up event (litter removal) or a beautification event (cleaning pine needles, leaves and weeds from the gutters and sidewalks). This Granada Hills South NC event was our first and what a fun, great and “Make a difference” event it was!
It is so rewarding for VCC to work with the schools in the San Fernando Valley. Getting out and either picking up litter or doing a beautification event (cleaning leaves, pine needles and weeds from he gutter snd sidewalks) makes the students aware of actually how they can make a huge difference in a very short time to their community or school grounds. We partnered with Chatsworth High School through the school club president Laney Sweeney to hold a very fun and successful event cleaning around the perimeter of the school. We had fun, they had fun and we made a difference!
VCC did our most recent CALL OUT event on the on and off ramps of the 118 freeway from Topanga Canyon Boulevard to Balboa Boulevard. We always receive so many "thumbs up, honks and waves" from the passing cars. We are hoping that the message will inspire the community members to not litter!
VCC volunteers created a fun and memorable party for the celebration of our VCC Nonprofit of the Year for 2022 from Senator Henry Stern - awarded in Sacramento June 8, 2022 on the capitol lawn. The girls - Emilie, Ann, Sarah and Nancy created a VCC song to show the group at the party...
VCC VOLUNTEER BEER GARDEN SERVERS: Ann, Nancy and myself
VCC VOLUNTEERS AT THE GAMES & BOOTH: David, Robert, Daniel, Isaac and Nancy.
Great family event held at the Chatsworth Little League Field.
Helped set up early because always so much to do on a large event like this one. Lots of help but still a lot of work and organization - all credited to the Chairman of the committee - Kathie Donner.
The event was so successful - great crowd, amazing games led by David and Robert (sack races, egg on a spoon races, water bottle in the trash can relays, tug of war contests, hula hoop contest, corn hole, Giant Jenga and just random spontaneous challenges. Lots of medals given out.
The beer tent was filled - and I had suggested that we use waitresses to help the guests be able to keep their table and continue to have a good time rather than having to get things themselves. We had a lot of fun wearing silly aprons.
The dunk tank was fun - David Weisberg was in it - for 20 minutes - 8 dunks but earned over $100 for Kiwanis! We loved trying to dunk him - he is such a good sport
What an amazing year VCC has had and Mark Hovater has captured the essence of those accomplishments in this video
VCC has worked diligently to get community members involved in cleaning up their communities and participate in other communities in the San Fernando Valley.
We were award Nonprofit of the Year 2022 from California due to our efforts in this direction and continue to strive to "Change the mindset of littering in Americans!"
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