Friday, January 11, 2013

Volunteers surging to the shore to clean up after Sandy



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Almost three months since Superstorm Sandy ravaged scores of shore communities in New Jersey and New York, residents and municipalities are still struggling with the job of digging out and rebuilding their homes, towns and coastal environments.

Fortunately, there has been no shortage of people willing to pitch in to help and a New Jersey environmental organization has taken up the challenge of matching eager volunteers with needy projects.

Clean Ocean Action has launched Waves of Action For the Shore, a year's worth of volunteer projects, educational events and environmental restorations. It's also established a valuable web site (ForTheShore.org) where homeowners and towns can register cleanup projects and volunteers can learn about project dates, locations, numbers of workers needed, and the type of work involved.

At the organization's initial event on December 8, more than 1,300 volunteers participated in cleanups in 31 New York and New Jersey towns.

Several thousand volunteers are expected for the organization's next big event on January 19, Martin Luther King Day.

In the interview above, Tavia Danch, Education Coordinator for Clean Ocean Action, talks with EnviroPolitics Editor Frank Brill about her organization's ambitious volunteer effort. Listen in to learn how you, your  family and co-workers can get involved.

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