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Spring Clean-up on the beach

In celebration of Earth Month and Global Youth Service Day, HandsOn Manatee, the Volunteer Center of Manatee County, is hosting a spring clean-up at Coquina Beach. This is a great opportunity for friends and family to spend the weekend together and make a difference in the environment. By removing trash and debris, volunteers will not only make the beach a more enjoyable place to visit, but will also make it a safer habitat for birds and other marine wildlife.

The clean-up will start at 1:00P.M. on April 25th and ends at 2:30P.M. Volunteers will target key items that negatively affect the ecosystem such as plastic, cigarette butts, plastic bags, and glass bottles. All those interested in preserving the environment are invited to participate in this project taking place just a few days after Earth Day, April 22nd. HandsOn Manatee will be passing out trash bags and trash pickers by the last parking entrance for Coquina Beach right before the Longboat Key Bridge. Join HandsOn Manatee in the effort to reduce our ecological footprints!

Global Youth Service Day- Find other service projects on April 25thGlobal Youth Service Day is an annual campaign that celebrates and mobilizes the millions of children and youth who improve their communities each day of the year through service and service-learning.Established in 1988, GYSD is the largest service event in the world and is now celebrated in over 100 countries. On GYSD, children and youth address the world’s most critical issues in partnership with families, schools, community and faith-based organizations, businesses, and governments.http://www.gysd.org/

About HandsOn Manatee:HandsOn Manatee is a local non-profit dedicated to bettering the community. Our mission is to inspire, equip, and mobilize volunteers to take action in their community and make change around the world. HandsOn Manatee is proud to host a variety of service initiatives that encourage volunteerism among youth, teens, families, adults, baby boomers, and senior citizens. These diverse groups work to address the unmet needs here in Manatee County and focus on 5 key areas:-Disaster Preparedness and Response-Environmental Responsibility-Animal Welfare-Health and Human Services-TechnologyTo learn about service programs and opportunities offered year-round visit www.volunteermanatee.org