- Oct. 21, 2019
-- Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful (GC&B) and its partners at Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources are excited to host an event worthy of the 20th
anniversary of Great Days of Service. Created by the Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services – a nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing the health and human service needs of everyone in Gwinnett County, Great Days of Service is a cooperative and community-focused initiative. From clean air and water to litter-free parks and roadways, the environment plays an enormous role in the health and wellness of the people and animals who live within the surrounding ecosystem. That's why Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful has been honored to play a role in Great Days of Service since its inception. On October 26, GC&B will host a watershed cleanup as it has for the last two decades, but this time the eco-focused nonprofit and its friends at Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources will include a fun little twist. Shortly following the cleanup, volunteers can enjoy Halloween-themed Trick-or-Treatment Festival – complete with costume contest, food, fun and games.
"Halloween was the perfect inspiration for the 20th
Anniversary of Great Days of Service," said Schelly Marlatt, Executive Director for Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful. "Hosted at the Yellow River Water Reclamation Facility, the Trick-or-Treatment Festival will follow what is sure to be a productive morning. Last year, 112 volunteers donated 448 hours of their time to canvas the area at the Upper Yellow Watershed in Lawrenceville. Within 4 hours, they had collected an estimated 11,000 pounds of litter – that's nearly the weight of an elephant. We're thrilled to announce that we're already AT capacity for volunteers for this year's event – a clear indication that word of mouth and community spirit are both alive and well in Gwinnett County."
Jackson Creek Watershed is one of 32 smaller watersheds that are part of three main watersheds that cover Gwinnett County. A watershed comprises the area of land surrounding a lake, stream or pond. Water from rain and runoff flows downhill from the watershed into the waterway, often carrying litter and chemical pollution with it. That pollution can impact nearby waterways, as well as the flora and fauna that count upon the watershed and those waterways for food and water. For that reason, GC&B believes watershed cleanups are one of the most important programs it provides. For more information about GC&B's Great Days of Service 2019, please visit the event page (http://www.gwinnettcb.org/event/great-days-of-service-wat...
) at www.gwinnettcb.org