I leave you with a challenge for the week, when you’re at the grocery store opt to not use one-time use plastic bags. Try something new, take a reusable bag from home with you. Educate one person in the store on the environmental impact of one-time use plastic. Send me an email with your results!
How did the challenge go? Unfortunately, I did not hear from anyone regarding the challenge. I would love to know how everyone did, then I could report the results to the entire group!
This has proven to be another busy, yet productive week for The LitterBugz. I have been working very hard to push the organization to the next level through meetings, trainings, and more. This week I met with Stephen Kolbus, The Akron Rotary Club, Andrew Klooster from Doan Brook Watershed Partnership, Jay Randall, and Hannah Kelley. Stephen and Hannah are interested in internships with The LitterBugz for the Summer of 2019, Andrew and Jay provided me with advice and suggestions, and The Akron Rotary Club listened to my ”elevator speech” about The LitterBugz. Next week, I am meeting with Amanda Wagner, Emma Shook, Najada Davis, The I-480 BNI, The Akron Rotary Club, and Michael Elliot to talk about more pop-up clean-ups on the horizon. Morgan Santoro, Jared Fuller, Stephen Kolbus, and Hannah Kelley will be starting their internships next week. On Wednesday, I followed Jeff Schlekie in Parma to ask for sponsorships from local businesses. In just four hours, we visited many different businesses and collected $400.00 in sponsorships from: All Paws Pet Grooming, Frank’s Auto Body and Repair, Shymske’s Auto Center, and Circle Floors. Additionally, we made contacts with other businesses who would like to help in the future.
How do we continue to move forward as an organization? Through dedication to our board and committees. May 23, 2019 at 6:30pm will be our first Fundraising Committee meeting and I would love to see as many people there as possible. We will be meeting at Edgewater Park at The Cleveland Script Sign and then having a “walking meeting” to brainstorm how we can financially support this great cause. This committee will meet twice a month (2nd and 4th Thursday of the month), the first meeting will be held by conference call and the second will be in person at various locations in Cuyahoga County. If you have any questions or concerns about this committee, please feel free to reach out to me. Don’t forget the following dates, and please let me know directly if you will be able to attend one or more of these clean-ups:
This week I will leave you with a new challenge: tell five people why you volunteer with The LitterBugz and let them know how they can get involved! Give them my email, send them to our website, bring them out to The Oxford Community Garden Clean-Up! There are so many ways to get people involved and get the word out!
((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 31 st so that I can take inventory of our stock!))
Have a spectacular week,
Executive Director Emily Patterson
4953 Harris Rd. Broadview Heights OH 44147