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Leadership Transition

Dear EarthCorps community, I have the utmost gratitude and respect for our extended EarthCorps community, and so it is with mixed emotions that I share with you my decision to leave EarthCorps in June, after 22 years as executive director. It is not a decision I take lightly, but I am convinced that the timing... Keep Reading
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Our Response to the COVID-19 Outbreak

UPDATED MAY 19, 2020 The world today is a scarier, more uncertain place than usual.  Quarantines, economic instability and political strife seem to be the new normal.  Never before has the work of community-led nonprofits – promoting grassroots leadership, lifting up women’s and people of color voices, providing access to the underserved and otherwise creating... Keep Reading
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Finding a Likeminded Community

Mila Strashimirova was an EarthCorps member in 2007. She is currently based in Bulgaria as the coordinator for the CISCO Green Team at Concentrix. I was just out of university when I discovered EarthCorps. I had been volunteering in various environmental projects with Bulgarian NGOs and was included in a mailing list for sustainability news... Keep Reading

Proud to be a Steward

I began my time with EarthCorps by volunteering on the weekends at various parks around the Puget Sound. I would show up Saturday morning, work in the park for a few hours, and then go home. After a month or two, I found myself wanting more. I wanted to know which native plants worked best... Keep Reading

The Tale of a Transplant

I have a secret. I’m a transplant. Not native to the Puget Sound area. Instead, I spent my seedling years in Los Angeles, California. So when I moved here in 2013, it felt pretty lonely. Even though Seattle’s an awesome place. (For example – football. We have a formidable team and they have won the... Keep Reading

EarthCorps Alumna featured at Sally Jewell’s Farewell

My story starts out like so many others. I was raised in Harlem, as an only child with a single mother, and a father I never knew.  For 20 years we lived in a subsidized, renovated tenement building, with walls so thin you could hear the rats scuttling around in the dark voids. Outside, the... Keep Reading

The Job that Sticks With You

For the past couple of months I had the honor of standing in as EarthCorps’ Program Coordinator Assistant while the real Program Coordinator was on maternity leave. There are a lot of amazing things I loved about my job, but interviewing and selecting the 2017 corps members might be my favorite responsibility. Elizabeth, the Corps Operation... Keep Reading

MLK Day Volunteer Event

Join thousands of volunteers nationwide in making MLK Day “a day ON, not a day OFF!” Volunteer at Cheasty Greenspace with EarthCorps and the Green Seattle Partnership on Monday January 16. Hundreds of volunteers of all ages will be restoring this vital greenspace in Beacon Hill by removing aggressive weeds, planting trees and spreading mulch. EarthCorps... Keep Reading

EarthCorps’ New Website

Welcome to EarthCorps’ new website and blog! We hope that you like the new look! But more importantly, we hope that you find the new website easy to navigate and use. With a few clicks or taps, you can learn about our story, sign up to volunteer at a restoration event, apply to be a... Keep Reading

The Birds and the Bees

You’ve seen it in the news: Honeybee populations are declining at an alarming rate across the country. Unfortunately, it’s not just the honeybees that are losing ground. Other pollinators close to home, like certain butterflies and bumblebees that are native to the Puget Sound region and vital to our forest’s health, are declining towards extinction... Keep Reading

Building my Career

It is now a year since I ventured out from the EarthCorps community into an unknown future. I would say I ventured away from the community, but the truth is EarthCorps has remained in my life as cherished memories and hard learned lessons. Now, in December, at the freezing-dreary end of the year, it is... Keep Reading

The Journey to becoming a Forester

I was a seasonal EarthCorps watering crew hire in 2006, right after I graduated from the University of Washington. I had never had a field job before EarthCorps. Ten years later, I now work for a public land management agency, and I don’t believe I would be on this career path that I love dearly... Keep Reading