HCBF’s mission is to assess, protect, and improve the health, quality of life, aesthetics, and physical environment of the harbor communities of San Pedro and Wilmington, California, which have been impacted by the Port of Los Angeles. This mission is achieved, in part, through grantmaking. HCBF provides grant funding to organizations who share our commitment to improving the lives of the residents of both communities.
The following are examples of projects and programs funded by HCBF since 2012 to address the past, present, and future impacts of Port of Los Angeles and Port-related operations in San Pedro and Wilmington. In many cases, these grants addressed multiple Port impacts.
South Bay Contemporary/Cabrillo Avenue Elementary School
Exploring Port Aesthetics Through the Arts
Students used photography and art as a vehicle to better understand the Port’s aesthetic impact on the community of San Pedro and showcased this work at a local gallery.
Taper Avenue Technology Magnet
Time Lapse Photography of Port Aesthetics
Students used GoPro technology to document the aesthetic impact of the Port on the community of San Pedro, and the how the aesthetic landscape shifts throughout the day.
Volunteers across Wilmington engaged in a widespread cleanup and landscaping of medians, alleys, and other parcels of land adjacent to Port-related operations to improve aesthetics and remove blight.
Los Angeles Conservation Corps
A stretch of medians along Harbor Boulevard and San Pedro is renovated to include new trees to sequester carbon dioxide.
Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy
Protecting White Point Nature Preserve
Native plants and shrubs were added to the White Point Nature Preserve, which acts as a “carbon sink” and captures carbon dioxide emissions from the San Pedro Bay.
Wilmington Health Center
Asthma Clinic Renovation
A storage room at Wilmington Health Center was transformed into a dedicated respiratory clinic.
The Los Angeles Trust for Children’s Health
School Asthma Nurse
This program fills a gap in asthma nursing at K-12 schools in Wilmington and San Pedro.
St. Mary Medical Center
Mobile Asthma Clinic
A mobile clinic visits Wilmington locations weekly and provides wraparound healthcare services for respiratory disease.
SBCC Thrive LA
A former above-ground oil drilling site in Wilmington was cleaned and transformed into a free community garden, including the planting of trees that sequester carbon dioxide and trap diesel particulate matter.
Los Angeles Maritime Museum
Port History Exhibit
Exhibit and brief documentary for the museum that recounts the history of Terminal Island, from its former residential/institutional land use to its current expanded industrial use by the Port of Los Angeles.
Point Fermin Elementary School
3-D Printing of Plankton
Students employed 3-D Printing technology to create anatomically accurate models of plankton to better understand the impact of Port operations on marine life in the Los Angeles Harbor.
International Bird Rescue
Interns from the Los Angeles Harbor are selected to participate in an intensive internship program focused on the treatment and rehabilitation of oiled birds and other aquatic life that are impacted by Port operations in the San Pedro Bay.
Marine Mammal Care Center
Marine Mammal Internship
Interns from the Los Angeles Harbor are selected to participate in an intensive internship program focused on the treatment and rehabilitation of oiled seals and seal lions that are impacted by Port operations in the San Pedro Bay.
Tzu Chi Community Clinic
Hearing Testing Program
Visitors to Tzu Chi’s Wilmington facility receive free hearing testing to help residents dealing with Port-related noise impacts.
Friends of Los Angeles Maritime Museum
Emergency Evacuation Planning
The Los Angeles Maritime Museum, located adjacent to the Port of Los Angeles, developed an emergency evacuation plan in the event of a Port disaster and trained Staff on implementing it.
Disaster Preparedness Program
COPE led seminars and workshops on identifying Port-related risks in Wilmington and San Pedro and ways to prepare and handle Port-related emergencies.
Los Angeles Water Keeper
Oil Spill Response Education
Residents were trained by leading experts from the country in effective responses to Port- related oil spills in the Los Angeles Harbor, and its impact on local communities.
Floating Laboratory Program
Students board a vessel acting as a “floating laboratory” and take water samples from the Los Angeles harbor to learn about water quality, marine life, and the Port’s impact on the ecosystem.
Park Western Elementary School
Catalina Island Excursion
Students attend a multi-day excursion on Catalina Island and learn about water quality, the marine life, and the Port’s impact on the ecosystem.
Los Angeles Maritime Institute/Wilmington Middle School
Underwater Robotics Program
Students at Wilmington Middle School board LAMI’s tall ships and use it as a learning tool, and use underwater robotics to better understand water quality and marine life and the impact of Port operations.
Water and Soil Testing
Students at San Pedro High School will conduct water and soils tests to understand the Port’s impacts on local water and soil quality.