On Saturday, June 23, KYCC held the Oakwood Cleanup, a neighborhood event dedicated to beautifying the Koreatown community.

Nineteen volunteers, including mothers, their children, and youth volunteers, came together from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. to pick up trash and debris along Oakwood Avenue and the surrounding neighborhood. The Los Angeles Office of Community Beautification provided tools and bags for the clean up, and volunteers collected 6 bags of trash around the community. In addition to cleaning the streets, our volunteers also helped to maintain trees that were planted in the vicinity. Tree maintenance included pruning and watering trees, retying stakes to the trees and recreating the berms that help retain the water. Volunteers also recreated the berms and added mulch when revisiting trees planted last year with KYCC. 

Our volunteering families were from the Children’s Bureau Oakwood School Readiness Community Association, and some of our volunteers were very young. Children, along with teachers helped out with our event, and it was a great opportunity for them to learn how to take care of their community and environment. The volunteers were enthusiastic in their efforts to beautify the community and are committed to maintaining a healthy community. 

Karen Hernandez, Environmental Outreach Specialist, recognized the hard work of the volunteers. “Some of our volunteers were very young and it was a great opportunity for them to learn to take care of their community and environment. It was beautiful to see volunteers of all ages lend a hand to cleanup their neighborhood.” 

Thank you to our partners, Community in Action and Children’s Bureau, for their support in hosting this event!