Volunteer Opportunities for June and Beyond
Great American CleanUp Cleans Up
The final totals for this year’s Great American CleanUp are in. Sarasota’s phenomenal numbers, according to coordinator Wendi Crisp:
- 680 volunteers
- 6,371 lbs of trash
- 1,500 volunteer hours
|GACU Volunteers at S. Lido
Million Dollar Volunteers
More data: County Volunteer Coordinator Vickie French has produced a PowerPoint presentation about volunteer participation in Sarasota. Here’s just one page of it:
According to our calculation, that four-month period, if continued through the year, would add up to $4,326,612.
That’s not chickenfeed. Thanks to all who enrich the community in so many ways. The complete presentation is here
, and it can be found under “Documents” on theCounty’s Volunteer Page
Lou Taft wrote:
On May 17th, a beautiful Friday evening, a multitude of volunteers of all ages converged at Buchan Airport Community Park for a painting party.
The Arts Alliance of Lemon Bay
had been asked to help with a project at the Englewood Community Garden and they partnered with The Open Studio, Earth T.A.S.K. Crew Summer Camp, Artists Acres andTerraNichol Academy
to transform black and white cisterns into true works of art!
The CRA made the event more festive by providing grilled hot dogs, hamburgers and veggie burgers for the hungry crowd. The cisterns had been purchased and installed through a Neighborhood Grant provided by Sarasota County and this cooperative work party helped to complete Englewood Community Garden’s commitment of matching volunteer hours. TheEnglewood Community Garden
is a Chapter of theFriends of Sarasota County Parks.
|Students from Terranichol
Sarasota Bay Guardians
Here’s another Volunteer Opportunity:
Sarasota Bay Guardians is a family-friendly volunteer program
. . .. The Sarasota Bay Guardian Program
was established to engage residents of all ages in the ongoing efforts to restore and protect Sarasota Bay. The program involves at least six Saturday morning volunteer outings each year throughout Sarasota and Manatee County. SBEP also partners with local schools and groups to provide volunteer support for planting native vegetation, removing debris, and removing exotic species of plants. SBEP Bay Guardians have donated thousands of hours to support the SBEP mission.
In a recent interview
, Friends Board Member and Volunteer Susan Noah’s
thoughts turned to parks:
I get a lot of people who’ve been to Naples or Orlando and say, “I’ve never been to Sarasota, but people tell me it’s nice,” and that’s all they know.
The groups that are most surprised are families with children. The parents don’t think there is going to be anything for them in Sarasota, because they view it as a retirement place. So when they find out that we have good schools and that there are so many things for children to do – Mote Marine, the different zoos and parks, GWiz, summer programs – they are surprised that it’s such a family-friendly town.
In the same vein as Susan, County Administrator Randall H. Reid recently pointed to a piece in The Atlantic entitled Green Space Means More for Satisfaction Than a Neighborhood’s Average Income. The jist:
. . . people are generally happier when they have access to grass, trees, and flowers
Here’s a building in Tokyo called Vent Vert that uses greenery in its facade:
Kenya Leonard organizes a team of regular Wednesday volunteers at the Carlton. If interested, email Kenya (KLeonard@scgov.net)
is a local site created by high-schoolers that links volunteer opportunities to teens who are looking for them. SRQvolunteen has started an Event page on the site
, which allows teens who prefer to volunteer on a one-time basis to be given a choice of events. If your organization has an upcoming event and needs teen volunteers, please email the event to us and we would be happy to display it on the site. Send your event toSRQvolunteen@yahoo.com
Thank you and hope to hear from you soon,