Legal-name: Conservation Corps of Long Beach
Address: 340 Nieto Avenue
City: Long Beach
Officer: Dan Knapp, Executive Director and CEO
Annual: $6.9 million
ContactName: Kayla Kelly-Slatten
Title: Director of Operations
Tel-952: (562) 986-1249
SecondaryPhone: (562) 508-8450
GrantPurpose: Grant funding will be utilized to cover costs associated with the Corps’ response efforts to the coronavirus throughout the City of Long Beach.
Periodoftime: April 2020 – June 2020
Audienceserved: The Greater Long Beach
Demoofaudience: Primarily disadvantaged communities
Numberofserved: Currently 300 but anticipated to surpass 1,000.
District: All districts but primarily Districts 6 – 9
1. What disaster recovery service have already been provided? : As the COVID-19 crisis continues, CCLB crews have been deployed to provide critically needed services to local city agencies, all while continuing with regularly scheduled essential projects as much as possible. Over the past weeks, CCLB has been called upon by the City of Long Beach’s Emergency Management Team to assist in the setup of temporary medical facilities at the Port of Long Beach and various community hospitals, including Pacific Hospital and St. Mary Medical Center. CCLB crews erect industrial tents to serve as screening and triage centers, helping the City prepare for any surge of COVID-19 cases.
2. What disaster recovery service will be provided by this grant? : CCLB is prepared to deploy crews to continue assisting the City of Long Beach in its efforts to overcome COVID-19. Such activities may include the installation of temporary facilities, the collection and disposal of litter and recycling, and the distribution of food and materials. CCLB will also help operate community food banks, pantries, and shelters, currently manned by senior volunteers and other extremely vulnerable community members. In an effort to relieve first responders for other emergency priorities, CCLB may also be requested to fill-in at other facilities, like warehouses and distribution centers.
Although CCLB normally provides litter abatement and recycling services to various parts of the city, CCLB fulfills a larger community role as a versatile workforce development nonprofit. Under normal business operations, CCLB provides hands-on training, education, and work to young adults through conservation and community projects. From park construction to habitat restoration, corpsmembers serve their community every day in some capacity. In Long Beach, CCLB works closely with various City departments and community partners to bring additional resources to neighborhoods, business districts, and public open space. While certain maintenance and sanitation projects continue during this pandemic, CCLB’s priority is the safety and health of its corpsmembers, staff, and the community it calls home. As such, the CCLB team is prepared to continue providing emergency services as requested by government and community based agencies for as long as it can, in as many ways as it can, to ensure that the Long Beach community is better able to overcome COVID-19 as quickly as possible.
As staff and corpsmembers depend on CCLB to support their families, CCLB’s goal is to keep operations running and serve the community. In times like this, CCLB’s mantra is “Not business as usual, but business moving forward.” To ensure the safety of corpsmembers, staff, and the public and to maintain operations for as long as possible, CCLB has altered operations to help mitigate the potential transmission of the virus: staggering crew schedules, dramatically reducing crew sizes, reducing number of individuals in work vehicles, implementing a work-from-home policy to all staff with access to Cloud-based accounting and payroll systems, ramping up the disinfecting of all shared spaces at operation sites, and updating staff regularly on the newest safety and health protocols. Crews are always supplied with the proper Personal Protection Equipment such as gloves, masks, and disinfectants before deploying to a project, in compliance with current City of Long Beach and CDC guidelines.
Although CCLB is prepared to offer whatever emergency services it can, it is unknown at this time, if/how CCLB will be reimbursed for its COVID-19 services. Reimbursement from government agencies may take time due to the numerous levels of bureaucracy, and various CBOs may not have the funding readily available. Therefore, the Long Beach Community Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund is critical to supporting CCLB’s timely response efforts to this pandemic. The Disaster Relief Fund will allow CCLB to adapt its programmatic structure/size and be flexible in meeting various emergency needs facing communities.
3. What individuals (and/or organizations) will you assist? : As a certified local conservation corps, CCLB may be called upon by local or state government agencies to aid in times of crisis. Specifically, the Disaster Relief Fund will be utilized to continue assisting the City of Long Beach and its emergency service teams, as well as to help meet the number of daily requests coming from NGOs and CBOs.
Qu4. What other disaster recovery funds have you received? What amount?: At this time, CCLB has not received disaster recovery funding; however, we hope that some of the services we are currently providing the City of Long Beach will eventually be reimbursed at the local, State, or Federal level.
5. What other disaster recovery funds have you applied for?: None at this time; however, CCLB is in discussions with the State of California Office of Emergency Services to potentially provide expanded emergency services across LA and Orange Counties.