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Voluntourism Spotlight: Help Clean Up Long Beach

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LLong Beach Water Departmentong Beach, California, is home to one of the largest ports in the U.S., and has a beach that stretches a few miles. To maintain the local environment, the Long Beach Water Department (LBWD) has sponsored quarterly programs to help clean up Long Beach since 2005.

Volunteers help remove debris such as Styrofoam, chairs, and towels, and the number-one item left on the beach: plastic bottles. Learn more about the program below and remember to tune into Peter Greenberg Worldwide this weekend for more information. Plus, don’t forget to check out our archive for all kinds of voluntourism opportunities.

Pre-registration is not required. To volunteer, you just need to show up on the day of the event. Participants of all ages are welcome and the coordinators have created a “come as you are” mentality. The LBWD provides all of the supplies needed for the beach cleanup including gloves, trash bags, and sunscreen. All they ask is that you provide your time! Cleanups last from 9 am to noon on scheduled days, and volunteers can devote between one and three hours of their time.

The Long Beach Water Department is able to sign service forms for high school students, college students, and anyone in the community looking to fulfill community service hours. Participants also receive official recognition from the Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners and a chance to win free giveaways.The LBWD does recommend that you bring a hat and appropriate shoes.

The next beach cleanup is on March 15, but they will also be having events in June and September.

For more information, call (562) 570-2309 or visit the website for the Long Beach Water Department.