by Julaine Chattaway
o you call yourself a concerned citizen for the environment, huh? Done anything special lately? How about this: after you finish this article, give us a call to volunteer for our Community Renewal and Restoration Project.
The project is pretty much what is sounds like: community members (that's you) will go out and help restore and renew damaged and threatened areas of San Diego. With your help, these sites will be restored to their natural states of health and beauty.
On four weekends in November and December, San Diego Earth Day will be hosting this project:
Each site has special needs and considerations that will be addressed
in volunteer training meetings in October. All volunteers will also be trained
and supported in the on-going maintenance of the sites. Make no mistake:
this project will make you sweat but will produce tangible results that
you will be proud of.
Interested? If you decide to join us, here's exactly what you'll be signing up for: a full Saturday or Sunday of work and a couple of short training sessions. So join San Diego Earth Day, Surfrider Foundation, I Love A Clean San Diego, City Parks Services, U.S. Forest Service, Tijuana Estuary, 91X radio station, San Diego school ecology clubs and many more on this cooperative effort to make San Diego even better. There's one other requirement: you have to have fun.
But wait there's more
Can't handle the physical exertion, or can't afford the time? Well, we can always use some support with funding or donations. Or maybe you have some tools collecting dust - shovels, shears, rakes, hoes, etc. - we could sure use them. This grassroots project will only work with your support; we hope we can count on you.
If you wish to volunteer, just want more information, or have an idea for a future site for restoration or community garden installation, please contact Julaine Chattaway, Project Coordinator, at (619) 272-7370. We look forward to hearing from you soon.
Julaine Chattaway is San Diego Earth Day's youth development coordinator,
a vegetarian, and a concerned citizen for the environment.