Supply sorting in order to prepare for earth day clean up. Organized posters and prepared bags with shirts by group and sizes.
Witnessed a site leader training presentation given by Stacy, helped pass out flyers and helped clean up after the presentation was completed.
Did supply sorting and discussed upcoming events like Earth Day. Saw the landscape of the area and reflected on the importance of taking care of our natural spaces.
Met the team and the location in Bladensburg, MD. Established a schedule and future expectations.
Discussed expectations and possible schedule at Busboys and poets. Learned about AWS and the incredible work they do.
For the Freshman Day of Service, we volunteered at the Anacostia Watershed Society at a river site where they have installed trash collectors to stop trash from going further into the river. When we got there, at just this one site of many, the collector was almost overflowing, and there was trash that had made it through the collector and was on the riverbanks. At first we assumed, because of the sheer amount of trash, that cleaning out the collector was something they did weekly, or even monthly, but our guide told us that this is something they did multiple times a week. This illustrated the scope of the problem this organization is trying to remedy, and really put the work that we were doing in perspective. The work itself was not glamorous; it had rained that day, making it very muddy and the trash we were picking up even more disgusting, but I could see how necessary this is to the preservation of our environment and healthy locally. I greatly respect the work this organization does, but it also helped to highlight the failures in our policy that allow trash and pollution to cloud our rivers. Organizations like the Anacostia Watershed Society can only do so much. There has been legislation passed recently that makes me hopeful for change, such as laws limiting plastic bags in DC areas and a ban on Styrofoam food containers. The Anacostia Watershed Society has been tracking how much of these they pick up in their collectors to assess the effectiveness of that legislation.
This was a good experience because I bonded with my fellow athletes, and we picked up a ton of trash. The only downside was that it was raining and not very many of us were prepared for the rain. They did not have enough grabbers for everyone so we had to wear dirty gardening gloves but they had enough trash bags and gave us good directions on where what trash goes. Overall a good experience that made me feel like a made a difference.