California Conservation Corps
Through Philanthropy, the Friends of the CCC supports the California Conservation Corps, its mission and its motto:
"Hard work. Low pay. Miserable conditions... and more!"
About the California Conservation Corps
Established in 1976, the California Conservation Corps (CCC) is the oldest and the largest conservation corps in nation. Each year the CCC provides more then three million hours of public service conservation work and disaster assistance in all regions of California - urban, suburban and rural - for projects that include emergency response (flood, fires, oil spill clean up and earthquakes), energy conservation and retrofitting, irrigation system installment, landscape management, boardwalk construction, trail building, tree planting, wildlife habitat restoration and much more.Corps members are California citizens from diverse backgrounds age 18 to 25 years old.
45% of corps members arrive without a high school diploma, making education, vocational training and personal development high priorities during their service in the Corps.
Known as one of the most effective state departments, the CCC generates half its funding through project work throughout the state and the remainder is allocated in the general fund budget.
The CCC Foundation supplements funding of CCC programs with priorities including; Workforce Development, Education, Leadership Training, Scholarships, Conservation, Veterans and Emergency Response. Click here to learn more about some of the programs the CCC Foundation supports.
Corps Member Profile
Corpsmembers are California residents from diverse backgrounds age 18 to 25 years old, organized in crews of 15 members, led by a full-time CCC supervisor and equipped with uniforms, tools and safety gear. Approximately 45% of CCC's members arrive without a high school diploma, making education, training and personal development high priorities during their year of service in the Corps. The CCC's motto of "Hard Work, Low Pay, Miserable Conditions and more!" captures the ethic, discipline and spirit that has typified the CCC since its inception.
More About the CCC
For more information about joining the California Conservation Corps or about current programs, please visit www.ccc.ca.gov.