Volunteer Empowerment! For volunteers who have been part of this 808 CLEANUPS team for years, days, and everywhere in between. The CORE of what we are!
From Hawaii Reporter, original publish date: April 21 2016
We are lucky to live in Hawaiʻi. We have a lot to be thankful for, whether it is in the beauty of nature or in the kindness and generosity of the culture. However, not everything is perfect here. Two years ago, we began noticing an increase in natural surface graffiti tagging, littering, and pallet bonfires, which can leave nails in the sand. Many would just look and say “what a shame”, or maybe post about it on social media. We saw an opportunity to create a support network for volunteers to tackle these problems. We created 808 Cleanups to stand up, take action, and make Hawaiʻi cleaner, safer and stronger.
How did we design our new group in 2014 that eventually became a 501(c) (3) non-profit in May 2015? By putting volunteers in the pilot seat. So many people in Hawaiʻi have been taking action on litter and tagging on their own for years or even decades. Still more want to get started, but just didn’t know how to begin. We know it is a big step to ignite that enthusiasm and get people engaged in a cause. How often have we told ourselves “someone else will handle it”? 808 Cleanups volunteers are those “someones” and we support them by providing supplies, connecting them with other volunteers and helping them organize their own cleanups.
In 2016’s first quarter alone, the effects in the field have been impressive: 363 individual cleanups. 1298 volunteer participants. 16,950 lbs. of trash removed from Mauka to Makai. 333 graffiti tags removed from natural and manmade surfaces. 1482 lbs. of marine debris removed. ....continued in comments!
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