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Everyone can help make a difference at Rivers Alive
Karen Bell
Keep Liberty Beautiful Executive Director Karen Bell.

We like results. We are all currently products of a generation that wants instant gratification, and we want it now. 

So we guess it is a good thing that we work with a program where results are evident after every event – clean roads after litter cleanups, tons of items collected after recycling collections, trees growing strong after tree plantings and flowers blooming in the spring after beautification projects. Even after educational programs, we see results because more people get involved every year. 

We are offering you a great opportunity. If you also like to see results, join us Oct. 27 for our annual Rivers Alive cleanup events in Liberty County. You will see results – cleaner roads, creeks, wetlands and rivers. And we all need these areas clean because our quality of life depends on clean water.

Rivers Alive is a statewide effort to preserve and protect our waterways in Georgia. This annual effort also is part of the international efforts of The Ocean Conservancy. In Liberty County, we hold our main cleanup day on National Make a Difference Day, and we are a registered activity for this major volunteer drive around the country. “USA Weekend” magazine created Make a Difference Day, an annual event that takes place on the fourth Saturday of every October. 

Each year, around 3 million people care enough about their communities to volunteer on that day and accomplish thousands of needed projects in thousands of communities. Anyone can participate by carrying out a volunteer project that helps others – young or old, individuals, organizations, churches, neighbors, families and businesses. Everyone can get involved. A project could be collecting truckloads of clothing for the homeless or spending an afternoon helping an elderly neighbor or participating in a roadside or waterway cleanup in your community, like Rivers Alive. 

Make a Difference Day is advertised as a “celebration of neighbors helping neighbors.” Isn’t that what all communities truly need? If people would go back to helping neighbors in need and taking care of those less fortunate in our communities, we would need a lot less government intervention and a lot less government spending. What the world really needs is more of us caring and reaching out to make a difference for others and for our earth, without being told – or taxed – to do so. 

Do you want to see results? Do you want to make a difference? Then join us for Rivers Alive. With over 30 locations around wetlands, creeks, streams and rivers this year, there is a place that you can make a difference. There are plenty of sites that can be cleaned on foot, some by boat and some even in “highwaders” in marsh areas. Last year more than 600 local residents came out and made a difference for our waterways. 

So we will ask you again: Do you want to make a difference? Enough to share a few hours on a Saturday for your community? Then contact Keep Liberty Beautiful today at 912-880-4888 or to register for one of the numerous cleanup sites across our county from Walthourville to Riceboro and Colonel’s Island. 

We provide the cleanup supplies at each location as well as official Rivers Alive t-shirts for the first 500 volunteers registered. Our generous sponsor, SNF Chemtall, will prepare a delicious cookout at Riceboro Creek for all of our volunteers who help on Oct. 27. Contact us today to commit to a local cleanup site and make a difference for our waterways – and see results!

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