Groundwork Richmond reported Friday that several of its vehicles were vandalized last weekend while in a locked area. The theft of catalytic converters has rendered the vehicles inoperable.
Groundwork Richmond is a nonprofit organization that trains local youth in urban forestry via projects that increase quality of life in their community. The organization also monitors air quality in the city via its Air Rangers program.
The vandalized vehicles are used by the nonprofit to “water trees, perform air quality monitor installations, and ensure the ongoing health and maintenance of Richmond’s urban forests,” the organization said in its email newsletter.
The recent rain allowed a short reprieve in the need for daily watering, but “we must get our daily operations back on track to ensure the survival of hundreds of trees still getting established throughout the city,” the nonprofit said.
Groundwork Richmond is reaching out to the community for donations to get the vehicles fixed and back out in the community. Any amount helps.
Donations are accepted through PayPal by clicking this link. Checks can be made out to Groundwork Richmond or dropped off to its office at 249 Tewksbury Ave Suite A Richmond, CA 94801.