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Carteret Big Sweep Looking for Volunteers

A student volunteers during a recent cleanup of Radio Island. Photo: Carteret Big Sweep

Carteret Big Sweep Coordinator Dee Smith is encouraging students to help beach towns clean up litter from now until Labor Day weekend.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Carteret Big Sweep has been having a difficult time recruiting participants for the volunteer litter program and is asking students to join in the effort.

“We want to help towns and communities across the county supplement the work their staff is already doing,” Smith said.

Students are being asked to commit a minimum of 25 volunteer hours between now and Labor Day Weekend. This will be a solo effort and students will be assigned sections of busy beaches to clean. All equipment for a safe and effective cleanup will be provided. This type of cleanup will provide needed social distancing, but will allow for cleanup actions to continue.

Many students are not able to get community service hours needed for classes and wanted to reach out to students specifically, she added. “Essentially, Carteret Big Sweep is doing two things to help our community: Providing community service opportunities, while advancing our cleanup efforts.”

To participate in the project,  contact Smith at dee_edwards-smith@ncsu.edu.

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