Orange County Conservation Corps marks 25th anniversary with celebration featuring State Senator Tom Umberg

The Orange County Conservation Corps (OCCC) celebrated its 25th anniversary at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa on October 17 with a keynote address by California State Senator Tom Umberg (34th District).

ABC7 Eyewitness News anchor Phillip Palmer served as emcee for the luncheon program attended by 380 guests. Throughout the afternoon, attendees bid electronically on over 50 silent auction contributing to over $130K in total funds raised for the nonprofit.

During the program, Umberg delivered a passionate and inspiring keynote address about the critical role that OCCC and their Corpsmembers play in the community. OCCC Board Chair Henry S, Barbosa, Esq. was honored with the legacy award for his extensive support and leadership for over seven years. Other highlights included a Disney-produced video to commemorate the five-year anniversary of Orange County’s Adopt-A-Channel program and presentations by OCCC Corpsmembers over 20 local government officials.

Orange County Conservation Corps CEO Katharyn Muniz said, “I couldn’t be more proud of today’s celebration of OCCC and I am so grateful for every individual who played a part in its success. For the past quarter-century, we’ve provided paid on the job training and wrap around support services to more than 8000 low income or marginalized youth. Not only do our programs provide our Corpsmembers with work experience and education, they learn the importance of saving our planet by working on environmentally-driven projects which protect, restore and enhance our county’s natural resources.”

The Orange County Conservation Corps provides a safety net and career pathway for at-risk young adults (ages 18-25). Modeled after the post-depression Civilian Conservation Corps from the 1930’s, OCCC protects, restores and enhances Orange County’s natural resources on numerous conservation and environmentally driven projects.

Major event sponsors were Disneyland Resort, Angels Baseball Foundation, Samueli Foundation, Michael Young Family Foundation and Poseidon Water while the Habitat Restoration sponsors were Atomic Investments, Inc., First Choice Bank, Orange County Water District and Local Laborers' 652.

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Shown left to right: OC Conservation Corps Board Chair/Legacy Awardee Henry S. Barbosa, Esq., OC Corps CEO Katharyn O. Muniz, MBA and ABC7 Eyewitness News Anchor/Event Emcee Phillip Palmer. Courtesy photo.

About the Orange County Conservation Corps

The Orange County Conservation Corps (OCCC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Anaheim, California. The OCCC serves young, at-risk adults through employment, training and educational programs that build self-sufficiency and benefit the community through conservation-related projects. Formed in 1993 as part of the City of Anaheim’s anti-gang task force, the OCCC has provided paid job training program support to more than 8,000 Corpsmembers during its 25 year history. By participating in OCCC programs, Corpsmembers receive an education, learn professional job skills and take critical steps toward becoming employed and self-sufficient adults.

This article was released by Orange County Conservation Corps.