Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Hosts 20th Anniversary Benefit for Civic Works, Discusses Green Economy

On Wednesday evening this week, several members of The Corps Network staff were proud to attend Civic Works' 20th Anniversary Benefit.

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. hosted the event and praised Civic Works for their long and successful history of getting young people engaged in addressing critical environmental needs, the green economy, and giving back to their Baltimore communities while helping raise political awareness of a range of issues from environmental stewardship to climate change.

Kennedy's sister, and Civic Works co-founder Kathleen Kennedy Townsend also spoke (shown above), and thanked the Baltimore community for their many years of support. In an interview with WYPR (Baltimore's NPR affiliate), Townsend discusses how Civic Works' director Dana Stein came to her with the idea to create the Corps. You can also listen to segments where 1) Dana talks about how geothermal energy will cool and heat Civic Works' headquarters at the historic Clifton Mansion in the future and 2) the restoration of the Mansion. 

WBAL 11 also did a segment about the event and Civic Works' 20 year impact that can be watched here.

Since 1993, Civic Works has:

  • Converted 190 vacant lots into community gardens and green spaces
  • Rehabilitated 55 houses, repaired 253 houses, and weatherized 275 houses for low and moderate income families
  • Made energy efficiency improvements in more than 4,000 households resulting in projected savings of more than $3 million in utility costs
  • Tutored and mentored 33,809 students
  • Provided service opportunities for 2,650 AmeriCorps members
  • Recruited 32,544 volunteers
  • Assisted 157 participants in earning a GED
  • Placed 510 participants in healthcare and green jobs
  • Grown more than 15,000 pounds of fresh, organic produce for sale to local communities
  • Planted 25,477 trees