We want to give a huge thanks to all of our volunteers who came out and celebrated Earth Day with us this April. Our Earth Day celebrations consisted of four inspiring events, working with over 300 volunteers to clean up our creeks and shorelines.
Albany Bulb Shoreline Cleanup
We are proud to say that we collected 6 cubic yards of trash at the Albany bulb with a collective effort of 115 planet-saving volunteers! We were also honored by the help of Congresswoman Barbara Lee, City of Albany Vice Mayor Peggy McQuaid, and Council Members Michael Barnes, Nick Pilch, and Rochelle! Thank you to Grocery Outlet for donating snacks, and to all of our volunteers who came out and made a difference for our planet, and to groups including the Albany Key Club, Girl Scout Troops, Squash Drive, Citizens for East Shore Parks, East Bay Regional Parks, Merritt College Environmental Studies class, and the City of Albany and it’s wonderful residents!
North Richmond 6th Annual Green Festival
We celebrated community health at the 6th Annual Green Festival and Earth Day by collecting close to 1,000 pounds of trash with the help of 13 dedicated volunteers at Wildcat Creek! This event was presented by the Neighborhood House of North Richmond and Contra Costa Health Services, along with partners who came together to engage and educate the community about health and the environment: Republic Services, Recycle More, Urban Tilth, Love Your Block, Verde Partnership Garden, County Watershed Program, Davis Chapel CME Church, RYSE Center, West County Toxics Coalition, LOL Educational Community, Shields-Reid Residents Neighborhood Council, County Supervisor John Gioia’s Office, West Contra Costa Youth Service Bureau, and the Shields-Reid Community Center. Thank you to our volunteers, the City of Richmond, and Contra Costa County!
UpCycle Event at the Richmond Art Center
Our famous interactive watershed model came to the Richmond Art Center, helping our staff interact with over 70 kids and their families. Kids got to learn about what a watershed was and how pollution can move through it. They also planted wildflower seeds in flower pots they created out of newspaper origami and egg cartons to carry them home. We had a blast being a part of this wonderful event!
We also had the opportunity to work with the City of San Pablo, the San Pablo Rotary Club, and Earth Team in Davis Park, weeding and planting to restore the banks of Wildcat Creek. Finally, we held three creek trash assessments, removing a total of 870 pounds of trash from San Pablo and Wildcat creeks with 22 volunteers.
Thank you to all who came out to volunteer, sponsored snacks, or supported us in any other way. And remember, Earth Day doesn’t have to end; every day can be Earth Day!