L.A. stories of inspiration and success

L.A. stories of inspiration and success


Veronica, participant in the Woolsey Megafires Temporary Jobs program
Veronica is one of more than 55 women that have gained valuable work experience in the Woolsey Megafires Temporary Jobs program.

When Veronica first enrolled in the program in September 2021, she was released from incarceration and on active probation. Through the program, she was able to build a work history.

After demonstrating her commitment to the clean-up crew and her interest in the construction sector, Veronica was selected for a three-year paid apprenticeship program with Local Union 36 for Roofers and Waterproofers. Her apprenticeship is expected to begin in March 2022.

The Woolsey Fire ignited on November 8, 2018, and burned nearly 97,000 acres of land throughout Los Angeles and Ventura County. Through the National Dislocated Workers Grant, crews cleaned up public trails and roads damaged by the Woolsey fire.

In February, the crews worked on cleaning-up fire-damaged public trails and roads within Charmlee Wilderness Park's Malibu Pacific Trail. Participants worked on returning trails to their pre-fire state by restoring deeply eroded segments that had exposed hazardous pipes. To address the issue, three to four feet of dirt and soil were needed to backfill the erosion on the public trail.

Restoring Landscapes, Building Lives

The California Employment Development Department (EDD) National Dislocated Workers Grant (NDWG) provided paid work experience for workers to assist with recovery efforts for residents and businesses that were severely impacted by the state’s mega fires. The NDWG also funded temporary employment opportunities for individuals who lost their jobs during COVID-19.

EWDD’s WorkSource Centers and workforce partners helped administer the NDWG, which has provided temporary employment to hundreds of Angelenos. This project is 100% federally-funded in the amount of $1.8 million.

(left to right) Charmlee Wilderness Park's Malibu Pacific Trail repair before with a huge crack in the trail, during, and after, with the crack 90% filled in
(left) crew members assess the damage on the Charmlee Wilderness Park's Malibu Pacific Trail; (center) crew members in the process of repairing the trail; (right) 15 yards of the trail with close to four feet of backfilled dirt for restoration


EWDD’s BusinessSource and WorkSource Centers offer a variety of Business Services, including several Financial Programs and Development Incentives for businesses of all sizes. Learn how EWDD can help.

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of March 21, 2022. Read this issue and more.


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