Community Builder Award

Creating Community


Above from left: General Manager, Gregory Orsini; Director, John Corbett; McKinleyville Community Watch Founder, Aaron Ostrom; Board President, Dennis Mayo; Director, George Wheeler at the January 4, 2017 Board of Directors' Meeting

The “Community Builder Award” is an award the District presents to local individuals, businesses, and organizations for their volunteer service, sponsorship, promotion of programs and events, outstanding service in the interest of the District, and for other contributions significant to McKinleyville’s quality of life.

District staff has identified Aaron Ostrom as a worthy individual to receive the award. Aaron has been a McKinleyville resident for over ten years, is a local business owner and is the founder of McKinleyville Community Watch, as well as the PacOut Green Team, which were formed four years ago and three years ago respectively.

McKinleyville Community Watch is a Facebook group, with over 3,600 members, created as a way to connect McKinleyville residents and create a sense of community. The group serves as a platform to discuss public safety concerns and has bridged the communication gap between McKinleyville residents, community representatives and law enforcement. Through the group, there is more awareness of crime, countless lost animals have been returned home, stolen vehicles have been recovered and over 30,000 lbs. of garbage have been removed from McKinleyville due to the bi-monthly ninety minute cleanups, known as the MCW Community Trash Bash.

The PacOut Green Team, “Home of the 60 Minute Cleanup,” was founded by both Aaron Ostrom and Tim Haywood. They host weekly sixty-minute trash clean ups, as far south as Fortuna/Ferndale and as far north as Orick, in an effort to keep where they live and play a cleaner place. The group gathers every Saturday to pick up as much litter as possible within sixty minutes and provides all supplies needed. At the end of their first year, PacOut Green Team became a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Businesses are able to sponsor a cleanup by donating $100, to go toward the purchase of supplies, and bringing volunteers. Since inception, the PacOut Green Team has picked up over 119,000 lbs of garbage and haven’t missed a single Saturday cleanup.

Aaron has brought his ideas to life in the form of MCW and the PacOut Green Team to make McKinleyville and surrounding areas, not only a cleaner place to live but a closer knit community. Facebook users can join the groups by visiting facebook.com/groups/mckinleyvillecommunitywatch and facebook.com/pacoutgreenteam.


Previous Recipients:

January 2016 - Humboldt County 5th District Supervisor, Ryan Sundberg

December 2014 - Humboldt Area Foundation

March 2013 - Humboldt Regional Occupational Program

February 2013 - Norman Shopay

January 2013 - Northern Humboldt Employment Services

July 2011 - McKinleyville Land Trust

May 2011 - McKinleyville Press

November 2010 - John Kulstad

October 2010 - Friends of the McKinleyville Library

September 2010 - Humboldt County CalWORKS Welfare-to-Work Department

August 2010 - Kiwanis Club of McKinleyville

July 2010 - Coast Central Credit Union