This week I have had a plethora of meetings to create new partnerships with other organizations in the area, have better communication with volunteers and community stakeholders, and to set-up pop-up clean-ups for this summer. The first meeting I had this week was with Emma Shook to talk about how we can increase communication between volunteers and The LitterBugz. We talked about how the website could be streamlined to make navigation easier. I met with Amalia Moreno to talk about concerns, projects, and the future of The LitterBugz. On Tuesday, I met with Najada Davis to set up a pop-up clean-up in his community. Then, on Wednesday I met with Metro-West, a Community Development Organization, to talk about future partnered clean-ups in the area they serve. In the evening on Wednesday, I met with Michael Elliot who would like to host a clean-up in July!
I cannot thank our interns enough for stepping up this week to push The LitterBugz into the future. I would like to give a few shout outs to: Morgan Santoro, Hannah Kelley, and Stephen Kolbus. All three started this week and have already made big strides. Morgan Santoro, MPH is working on researching grants and finding out what we need to put together for them. Hannah Kelley is working on our presence online, through our website and social media. She has some big ideas I can't wait to share with the group! And, Stephen Kolbus is tasked with our marketing and sponsorship acquisition. Stephen showed me that he can effectively introduce The LitterBugz goals, mission and vision to local businesses and community stakeholders and capture their attention. I am so proud of all three of them. In the next two weeks, Amanda Wagner and Jordane Schooley will onboard and start their own projects.
On the horizon, I have a meeting set up for the end of next week with Canalway Partners (the group that hosts RiverSweep). I am so excited to be able to talk with so many different people and make long-lasting partnerships and friendships within other organizations.
Don't forget to mark your calendars for the following:
Here's a challenge for this week: send me an email or send me a text with a picture of litter from your neighborhood. Caption the picture with your thoughts. I would love to be able to use these pictures on our social media platforms to show people the extent of the problem!
Emily Patterson, MPH
((P.S. If you have any left-over supplies or waivers from The Great Cleveland Clean-Up (shirts, bags, gloves, etc) please reach out to me. I need everything back by May 31st so that I can take inventory of our stock!))