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Karen Bell
Keep Liberty Beautiful Executive Director Karen Bell. - photo by Denise Etheridge

The main day for our local Rivers Alive in Liberty County is next Saturday, Oct. 27!  Rivers Alive is a statewide effort to preserve and protect our waterways in Georgia. This effort each year is also 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 are a registered activity for this major volunteer drive around our country.  USA WEEKEND Magazine created Make a Difference Day, an annual event that takes place on the fourth Saturday of October. 

Make a Difference Day is over 20 years strong and is the nation’s largest day of community service. Make a Difference Day is a USA TODAY initiative, backed by the Gannett Company, Points of Light Foundation and Newman’s Own. It has been called a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors. Millions of volunteers from across the nation will unite in a common mission to improve the lives of others on this special day. The projects around the country for Make a Difference Day show that anyone – regardless of age, location or resources – can accomplish amazing things when they take on the problems they see in their community.

Isn’t that truly what all communities really need? If people would go back to helping our neighbors in need, taking care of those less fortunate in our communities and taking care of our community, 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.  Let’s protect our waterways, because we need to do so.

Volunteering with Rivers Alive this month is one way to make a powerful statement about protecting our waterways. Making good choices every day about how we handle litter is another important way to prevent water pollution. Join us as we stop litter in its tracks.  By stopping litter at the source, where it is tossed or blown out of cars or boats or blown out of trash cans, we can prevent that litter from ultimately joining a plastic patch.  

Our daily choices make a difference in how much litter ends up on sidewalks and roads and down storm drains or in creeks and rivers and, ultimately in the ocean.  In just a few hours of your time you can help prevent tons of litter and debris from ever reaching the ocean.  

We will have official Rivers Alive T-shirts for at least the first 500 volunteers registered, so contact us now! We also provide all the cleanup supplies for our hardworking volunteers.  SNF Chemtall, our local sponsor, provides an appreciation cookout for volunteers at Riceboro Creek Park on Highway 17 after the cleanup. So plan to make a difference and contact us at Keep Liberty Beautiful. You can call 912-880-4888 or email klcb@librertycountyga.com.  If the 27 does not work for you and your group, we can schedule a cleanup date and location that does. We invite you to join us in service Oct. 27, for Make a Difference Day 2018 at Rivers Alive.


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