2011-04-14 / Letters to the Editor

Volunteers needed for Saturday cleanup

Volunteering to pick up other people’s trash is powerful, symbolic and transformative. Please join the Jamestown Conservation Commission on our annual Earth Day cleanup this Saturday morning, April 16.

We will meet at the Jamestown Recreation Center at 8:30 a.m. for coffee and muffins, generously provided by Slice of Heaven. Teams will then be dispatched to all of Jamestown’s public shoreline access areas to pick up the garbage — typically over two tons of it, mostly in small bits.

The Conanicut Island Land Trust will be serving lunch at noon: burgers, Italian sausage and hot dogs will be donated by Windmist Farm, Watson Farm and Pat’s Pastured.

Clean-up sites will include East Ferry Town Beach, Potter’s Cove, Park Dock, Jamestown Shores Beach, Fort Getty, Mackerel Cove, Hull Cove, Sheffield Cove and West Ferry. By land and by sea, from the hands of too many and too few, trash finds its way to our doorstep. Yet, in a gum wrapper’s journey from one hand to another, is a story that can change people and one that needs to be told.

You can make a difference; we need your help and the help of anyone you know, especially your children. In every bag we fill there is a small message and together a bigger one that stays with us and becomes something more. Fill up a bag of trash with us this Saturday; this job takes a village and makes one too. We will supply the bags. You will need work clothes and gloves. Volunteers with trucks would be especially appreciated as we need to collect the bags roadside and deposit them in the dumpster donated by Island Rubbish Services.

The Jamestown Conservation Commission would like to thank all prospective volunteers in advance for their assistance with this Earth Day project.

Patrick Driscoll

Jamestown Conservation


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