Make a Difference Through Volunteering

Organizing community clean ups that bring people together to clean up trash and litter; an example of environmental stewardship and service.

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Eligibility: Date of Birth

February 14, 1996

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Date You Started Your Project Started

August 1st 2019

Project Stage: Select the description below that best applies to your approach.

  • Start-Up (first few activities have happened)

1. The Problem: What problem are you helping to solve?

Cleaning up loose trash and litter that pollutes our environment and injures wildlife. I’m specifically concerned with the amount of plastic waste that ends up in our waterways and kills fish, turtles, and other ocean life. I believe that this is a symptom of people not knowing or not caring about how their actions negatively effect the environment.

2. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

My solution is to create an organization that brings communities together to clean up their neighborhoods, parks, forests, rivers , lakes, and ultimately towns and cities. Right now I am an active duty Marine and have created a small group of volunteers aboard Camp Lejeune. I have organized a few clean ups that had both individuals and families come to volunteer, meet each other, and clean up the environment together. We’ve collected piles of trash from the riverside, streets, and woods and made disposed of it properly. It makes a huge difference having a clean and litter free neighborhood where people are aware of their impact on the environment. I plan to branch out from here and have leaders and representatives all over the place. It is a great platform that brings people together and helps educate the youth on the importance of community service and environmental stewardship. Ultimately, together we can make a big difference and make the world a better place.

3. Personal Journey: What’s the story behind why you decided to start this project?

I have always hated seeing litter and trash on the sides of streets, in parks, and especially near rivers and on beaches. Being a Marine for 4 and 1/2 years has taught me to take action. I have been volunteering for quite a while and decided to start my own organization. I want to make a difference and teach people how important it is to take care of the environment.

5. Example: Please walk us through a specific example of what happens when a person or group gets involved with your project.

A person signs up for an event, meets people, and helps us clean up a pre-designated area for a couple of hours. I would like to expand this out to where we can get bigger groups together, have more organizers, and have fun community events after our cleanups where people can share ideas and learn more about green energy, recycling, and other earth friendly causes.

6. The X Factor: What is different about your project compared to other programs or solutions already out there?

There is no large scale volunteer organization focuses on community clean ups. We want to bring litter pollution to the spotlight and create tighter-knit communities in the process.

7. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?

We’ve organized a couple of events and have cleaned a significant amount of litter from the riverside, woods, and streets. It was awesome to see the families come together and see little kids learn about their impact on the environment, the significance of volunteering, and meet other families!

8. What’s Next: What are your ideas for taking your project to the next level?

We plan to continue doing community clean ups and gain a bigger following. We would like to get some t-shirts that spread our message and continue to grow awareness for our cause.

9. Which of the following types of expertise would be most useful for you?

  • Project Plan & Strategy

Help Us Support Diversity! Part 1 [optional] Which of the following categories do you identify with?

  • White (for example: German, Irish, English, Italian, Polish, French) (6)
  • Hispanic, Latino/a, or Spanish origin (for example: Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuba, Salvadoran, Dominican, Colombian) (7)
  • Black or African American (for example: African American, Jamaican, Haitian, Nigerian, Ethiopian, Somalian, etc) (8)
  • Native American or Alaska Native (for example: Navajo Nation, Blackfeet Tribe, Mayan, Aztec, Native Village of Barrow Inupial Traditional Government, Nome Eskimo Community) (10)

How did you hear about this challenge?

  • T-Mobile page or contact

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