SW WA Big Beach CleanUp
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What can you do to help restore our beach? LOTS! Take bags with you out onto the beach, clean up after yourselves, and help your neighbors, too. Spread the word about the cleanup – bring your friends, neighbors, family and co-workers. March in the 4th of July parade with us and help hand out bags the night of July 4th and participate in the beach clean up on July 5th.

When: 7/5/2015
9:30 AM
Where: SW WA: Seaview, Cranberry, Klipsan, Ocean Park and Surfside beaches
Presenter: The Grassroots Garbage Gang

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What can you do to help restore our beach? LOTS! Take bags with you out onto the beach, clean up after yourselves, and help your neighbors, too. Spread the word about the cleanup – bring your friends, neighbors, family and co-workers. March in the 4th of July parade with us and help hand out bags the night of the 4th. Whew! FUN!!

July 4th - PARADE TIME 
Join in the GREAT FUN by marching in the Ocean Park Old Fashioned 4th of July Parade. We will decorate the truck at 11:30, while munching on a tailgate lunch, then get the truck in formation to march just before 1 PM. We can use lots of hands for decorating. If you can't spare that time, please just arrive before 1 PM and join us in the parade. We march for about 1 mile and the parade ends about 2 PM. Questions? Contact Ellen Anderson at eandersea@aol.com or call her at 360-665-2734.

Then there’s the GREAT BAG GIVEAWAY. This is fun! Help reduce the amount of 4th of Julydebris left on the beach by handing out bags to folks as they enter the beach at each major beach approach the night of the 4th. Groups can show their spirit and businesses can show their support and goodwill. Bags, A-Boards and safety vests are provided. Bring your own organization banners if you like. We NEED HELP! Pick the time that works best for you (4-6 and 6–8). We still need help at Seaview, Cranberry, Klipsan, Ocean Park and Surfside beach approaches. We hope you can help, please email Shelly@OurBeach.org.

July 5th, Community Beach Cleanup – it’s the typical drill. We need upward of 1000 volunteers to come out and join the organized one-day cleanup on Sunday, July 5th. Volunteers will be stationed at all the major beach approaches at 9:30 to hand out bags and help direct you where your help is most needed. If you can come, and are flexible on location to clean, please email Shelly@OurBeach.org. If you can adopt a section of beach – even better!

Fireworks Reminder: 
Please select fireworks that do not contain plastics. Worst offenders are missile batteries which spew into the environment a plastic piece per shot and which contain 25-1,000 shots per batteryand are nearly impossible to remove from the sand. Please like Environmentally Friendly Fireworks on Facebook or visit www.plasticsinfireworks.org and be responsible when purchasing fireworks. Please share this information with others.

Got a 4WD Truck?

The Truck Brigade supporting the beach cleanups needs more trucks and people in them who can pick up filled garbage bags and other debris and sling it into their rigs for transport to a dumpster at a beach approach. 4WD is mandatory. If you have a trailer, too, that would be a tremendous asset. If you would like to be included in this especially helpful and necessary group, contact Truck Organizer Linda Bierma at 665-4362 or bierma@willapabay.org.

Want to contribute, but can't help out ON the beach? That's okay, there's lots to do!

Are you wondering how you might join in? We always need more hands filling bags on the beach. However, there are other roles we need to fill and some can be done from home:

We need someone(s) to be our "Supplies Manager.” They would keep an inventory of what supplies we have and know what we need. They would need a couple of trucks to take the supplies to the distribution event (potluck) Friday nights before the cleanups. After the cleanups, they would collect all the supplies, organize and haul them back to storage. This would involve lifting boxes and signs in and out of trucks.

We also need someone to manage our "Public Relations” efforts. This would include writing articles and newsletters; getting announcements out to radio stations and newspapers; and finding new, and following up on, publicity opportunities. I can’t tell you how many people called me to get more information on the cleanup after reading about it in AAA magazine or hearing it on the radio. One-third of our volunteers came from outside our County these last two cleanups - so continuing to get the word out is KEY to our success.

Person(s) in charge of "FUN"! There are some great ideas on how to add some extra fun into these events for old and young alike. Wouldn’t you like to be the person(s) in charge of FUN?

Rather write a check? That's great too! Mail it to the "GrassRoots Garbage Gang" at PO Box 1480, Ocean Park, WA 98640. We hope some day to be self-sustainable; we are 20% there, so we are making progress! We are certainly grateful for the ongoing support of great organizations like Pacific County Marine Resource Committee, but we do worry about continuing funding (we just learned of some potential budget cuts already)  We are officially a 501c3!

Shelly Pollock
Cleanup organizer and PROUD member of this community.
The GrassRoots Garbage Gang is a 501c3 (Tax ID: 32—0062366) not-for-profit group that cleans up the Peninsula beaches in South Pacific County, Washington. Each January, April and July hundreds of volunteers clean the Peninsula's 28-mile beach. Support comes from incredible volunteers, local businesses, City of Long Beach, Marine Resource Committee, Washington State Parks and many others. For more information visit www.ourbeach.org