Veterans Conservation Corps Program

The Veterans Conservation Corps Program provides meaningful training and volunteer opportunities for veterans. 

Below are our areas of focus:

  1. The Veterans Conservation Corps (VCC)
    The VCC provides opportunities for veterans to connect with nature in their own way while restoring Washington’s natural resources.   
    Opportunities include:

    • Stream restoration & monitoring;
    • Re-vegetation of native plants;
    • Restoration of watersheds, forests, prairies or native grasslands;
    • Office or clerical duties; and
    • Environmental or community education
    • Participation in the South Sound Veterans Partnership 
    • Participation in the NOAA/VCC Fisheries Veterans Internship Pilot Program
    • Development of the Veterans Farm at Orting. ​
       
  2. Higher Education

    • Vet Corps

      The WDVA Vet Corps is funded through an AmeriCorps grant. Vet Corps members are stationed at many colleges throughout the state.

      Vet Corps members help veterans achieve their higher education goals.

    • Partners for Veteran Supportive Campuses
       

  3. Veterans Farm at Orting 

    • The Veterans Farm will focus on teaching veterans interested in agricultural industries how to thrive.  There will be several plots available for veterans transitions to explore farming as a future.
       

  4. Veterans Peer Corps

    • The Veterans Peer Corps gives veterans places to gather, share experiences and stories, heal together, and ultimately create a sense of a Veteran Community within their own community.
       

  5. Internships
     

  6. Ecotherapy

  7. Agri-preneur Business Planning Program

  • This is a high-quality, research-based approach to business planning for food- and farm-based entrepreneurs in the South Puget Sound. Whether you are just starting your business or have been in business for a while, this Program will help you learn how to reach your financial goals for the future by using sound business planning concepts and tools tailored specifically to small farm and food-based entrepreneurs.

  • You will learn vital skills for running a successful small farm or food-processing business with:

    • A comprehensive business planning process

    • Excellent instructors and quality materials

    • Technical assistance, and peer support

    • Access to credit for your small enterprise

    • Guest speakers will include local buyers (restaurants and stores), Washington State Department of Agriculture, and successful business owners.

 

Jason Alves

1-800-562-2308

360-725-2224

jasona@dva.wa.gov

vcc@dva.wa.gov