Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Community Service Opportunities

Community Service always looks good on college and scholarship applications. Plus it is just good to help improve the world arround you. Here are some local opportunities from I Love a Clean San Diego.

Trash Trackers Needed! Volunteers 16 years of age and up are needed for a new program at ILACSD that aims to identify problematic types of debris plaguing waterways in San Diego County. Participants will be volunteering for small cleanup studies along a variety of local waterways to track the trash that is contributing to a degraded watershed. Through a partnership with San Diego Coastkeeper, ILACSD plans to coordinate this study to monitor water quality and how trash negatively affects the health of our region. This is a great way to take a more proactive approach to preventing debris, not just cleaning it up. No special experience or requirements are needed to volunteer, just an enthusiasm for the local environment and some flexibility in your schedule. Volunteers will receive a prize pack, including an ILACSD t-shirt and reusable tote bag. Contact Kristina Ros at to get involved. Events will be held once or twice a month in November, December, January, and February, and the first event is scheduled for Wednesday, November 17th at 2PM. Location details are to be determined. A Day Without A Bag… You Can Help Make it Happen! Did you know that the average American uses more than 500 plastic bags each year? Well I Love A Clean San Diego has a volunteer opportunity for you that takes aim at reducing that number of bags, at least here locally. While reusable items are encouraged each and every day, we hope everyone will pay particular attention and remember their reusable bags this year on December 16th. A Day Without A Bag is an educational campaign to save thousands of single use plastic bags in one day, while encouraging reusable use each and every day thereafter. In order to effectively empower individuals and the community at large to favor reusable items over plastics, participating grocers and retailers will be distributing reusable tote bags for shoppers on Thursday December 16th. Volunteers are needed to help distribute these bags to shoppers from 5PM – 7PM in the East County and South Bay regions of San Diego County. Exact retail locations are still being identified, but ILACSD will need volunteers in La Mesa, Lemon Grove, Santee, Lakeside, Chula Vista and Fallbrook. If you would like to volunteer to prevent harmful plastics from entering our environment, contact Kristina Ros at to sign up as a volunteer in these communities. If you are interested in getting involved in another region of San Diego County, please contact our friends at San Diego Coastkeeper and the San Diego Chapter of Surfrider Foundation to sign up for locations in Central San Diego and North County. And don't forget on December 16th to go through the day without a plastic bag. It certainly isn't as easy as it sounds.
5. CREEK TO BAY MAKES TOP 5 Creek to Bay Cleanup Recognized for Effective Awareness I Love A Clean San Diego was honored as a finalist for "Most Effective Awareness Campaign" for its signature event, the annual Creek to Bay Cleanup. Many nonprofits were nominated for the 2nd Annual Stay Classy Awards in this category and I Love A Clean San Diego finished as first runner up. Being a finalist was a great opportunity for people to learn more about the impact of the Creek to Bay Cleanup and discover more about I Love A Clean San Diego's outreach, education and programs! See for yourself the impacts of the Creek to Bay Cleanup next year. Mark your calendars for Saturday April 30, 2011 and log onto the event website in the meantime.

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