The latest news from our AmeriCorps Members focusing on watershed patrol, monitoring, education programs, and volunteer recruitment and outreach
Over the past 25 years, AmeriCorps has evolved to meet changing community needs while continuing to develop its members into leaders. AmeriCorps, essentially a domestic version of the Peace Corps, has touched the lives of millions of Americans - many of them here in Alabama. The Governor's Office of Volunteer Services connects AmeriCorps Members to local service organizations such as Mobile Baykeeper, whose own AmeriCorps Members just wrapped up their 2018-2019 term.
“Last year, Mobile Baykeeper started the Litter-Free Mardi Gras campaign, and it was the most substantial volunteer opportunity I have experienced. This campaign allowed me to see first hand the impact Mardi Gras has on our local waterways.”
-an excerpt from “The Mardi Gras Epiphany” by Boris Kresevljak, Mobile Baykeeper AmeriCorps Member, Volunteer Engagement Program
With over 1,500 people educated, 40 presentations given, and 715 surveys taken since September, SWAMP is off to an amazing start! We are extremely excited to bring watershed awareness and education to Mobile and Baldwin counties and are working hard to reach as many students and citizens as possible.
Meet the Mobile Baykeeper AmeriCorps Members for the 2018-2019 Program Year. They serve in positions covering three programs: 1) Baykeeper Patrol (Patrol & Monitoring), 2) Strategic Watershed Awareness and Monitoring Program (SWAMP), and 3) Volunteer Engagement (Baykeeper AVE). These programs directly support our work for clean water, clean air, and healthy communities and are funded through the Governors Office of Volunteer Services.
SWAMP AmeriCorps Members Angelica Howard and Leslie Revel recount their experience educating students on watersheds and water quality over the past 9 months of their term.
We are now hiring AmeriCorps Members for the 2018-2019 term to fill positions covering Baykeeper Patrol, SWAMP, and Volunteer Engagement Programs.
So Mardi Gras is over.....now what to do with all of those leftover beads? Whether you want to give back, help a friend, or get creative, there are plenty of ways to reuse or recycle your beads. Whatever you do - just don't throw them away!
Apart from the community cleanups and litter-free Mardi Gras campaign, there's a lot of work we're doing behind the scenes on One Mile Creek to assess just exactly how much of an impact we are making.
Chilly temperatures in the low 30s didn't stop more than 300 community members from coming together to give back to the community and honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
AmeriCorps Members Angelica Howard and Leslie Revel, also known as the "SWAMP Ladies", recap their first few months at the helm of our rapidly expanding watershed awareness and monitoring program.
We promised volunteers our Marine Debris Removal on One Mile Creek would not be “your average cleanup,” and it certainly lived up to its name! This event served as the official kickoff for a two-year grant we received from NOAA to help Mobile “Move Toward a Litter-Free Mardi Gras”.
At Mobile Baykeeper, we are working every day to document impacts from substandard infrastructure, hold entities accountable who threaten our natural resources, and work with local leaders to make choices that safeguard these natural resources for generations to come.