The Watts Rising Collaborative, in partnership with HACLA, Council District 15, Children’s Institute and Kaiser Permanente, hosted the Watts Rising Community Event on Saturday, November 18.. Over 400 Watts residents participated to learn about the Watts Rising Transformative Climate Communities (TCC) application.
The TCC grant aims to reduce local sources of air pollution and improve public health outcomes by addressing and mitigating sources and exposure to pollution. The TCC grant will also allow for expansion of economic opportunities through education and training and support for local businesses and organizations. Ultimately, this grant will ensure the continuation of a healthy, sustainable, and economically vibrant Watts.
Cecilia Menjivar who visited the event with her two daughters and husband, stated “We learned a lot about Watts Rising today. It’s a blessing living in Watts and having these incentives. My family will definitely benefit from the grant. My daughter has eczema which is prone to asthma so going green is very important for my family. The community of Watts will benefit from this grant.”
In addition, thanks to generous funders, families received items such as green plants, Watts Rising t-shirts, books, diapers, dish soaps, and turkeys.
Other partners who were present at the event were the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the Los Angeles Depart of Transportation, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles, Watts Century Latino Organization, North East Trees, City Plants, Tree People, and The Michaels Organization.
To learn more about the Watts Rising Collaborative, please follow Watts Rising Twitter @WattsRising.
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