By Gene Campbell
In a joint effort with the USDA Forest Service, PalmettoPride has planned a Feb. 4 cleanup of the Francis Marion National Forest and needs the public’s help. Illegal dumping continues to be a problem in many areas of the National Forests and PalmettoPride is determined to prevent it through education, enforcement, awareness and pickup.
They are calling on you to join them for this one day cleanup event at 8 a.m. on Feb. 4. Meeting place is US Forest Service Office, 2967 Steed Creek Rd., Awendaw, S.C. (off of Hwy. 17, south of Georgetown, S.C.)
Volunteers for site leaders and to pick up litter are needed. Volunteers are encouraged to bring trucks/trailers if available. Donations are also accepted. The cleanup will last until 12 p.m. After the cleanup, lunch will be for all the volunteers who helped clean the Francis Marion National Forest. Also, local businesses have donated items to be awarded to volunteers and Charleston Counties will dispose of litter gathered by volunteers.
Please review the following list. If you would like to volunteer to clean up or to help coordinate the event, underline yourdesired volunteer position and email it back to email@example.com or fax 803-758-6032 attention Gene Campbell or USPS:
2700 Middleburg Drive, Suite 216
Columbia, SC 29204
1. Site Leader – Coordinate activities at your individual site (we provide supplies, detailed instructions and publicity to help recruit volunteers);
2. Pick up litter – on foot;
3. Pick up litter – have truck for large debris.
Your response is crucial to the success of this event. Please respond as soon as possible.
Also, include all contact information (email) with your response.
About PalmettoPride: Litter has a serious, negative effect on the economy and the image of South Carolina. Litter control costs the state millions of taxpayer’s dollars each year. PalmettoPride is an umbrella organization that is leading the effort to make the state litter free by unifying citizens, state agencies, law enforcement, the private sector, local organizations and Keep South Carolina Beautiful and its local affiliates. PalmettoPride is a 501 C (3) nonprofit.