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Group Community Service Projects Suspended

Following Center for Disease Control guidance, we have suspended organizing in-person community service activities for the time being. We will update this webpage when we are able to resume such activities.

There are two ways you can continue to volunteer your time to help Casco Bay: have your own mini socially distanced Coastal Cleanup and use Water Reporter. Information on Water Reporter can be found here. Keep reading for information on cleanups.

Individuals and families: While it is critical at this time to follow stay-at-home guidelines, if you find yourself headed out for a walk, grab a trash bag, some gloves, and your face mask, and bring home a bag of trash to add to your curbside collection.

Groups: We can provide some guidance on how you can run your own socially distanced event.

It is important to follow all of our “normal” coastal cleanup guidelines, which can be found here.

During this time, there are extra precautions that must be taken: 

  • Make sure you are following all of Governor Mills’s orders and guidance, as well as Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention, and National Center for Disease Control guidance.
    • Stay home if you feel ill.
    • Stay 6 feet away from other people.
    • Wear a cloth face covering in public settings where maintaining physical distancing is difficult.
    • Wash your hands often, and for at least 20 seconds.
    • Cover all coughs and sneezes.
  • Supplies:
    • Gloves are essential.
    • Kitchen tongs that you use only for cleanups (grabber/reacher tools are even better), necessary for picking up broken glass or other concerning waste.
    • Broken glass or anything with sharp edges should be placed in a bag, then in a bottle or box, and labeled as sharp before being tossed. 
  • Be careful with anything that could be a biohazard. Depending on the location, we sometimes find a lot of sharps/needles. If you happen to find them, report their location to the local police for pickup. Same with anything else of concern. 
  • Use the Clean Swell app to track what you find: https://oceanconservancy.org/trash-free-seas/international-coastal-cleanup/cleanswell/.
  • If you find something too large to remove, let us know at volunteer [at] cascobay [dot] org or better yet, for those who use Water Reporter, let us know using that app. You can also use Water Reporter to post an image of trash you collected, or something of special concern that you find during your cleanup.

 

Thank you for caring about Casco Bay.