Volunteers Needed for Spring Big Sweep and Lupus Walk
Courtesy of Wake County
Are you or your kids looking to volunteer for worthwhile community projects? Two upcoming volunteering opportunities in Wake County may be of interest.
1. The Wake County Soil and Water Conservation District is inviting residents to put on a pair of gloves and help keep Wake County waterways litter-free through May 7 through its “Spring Big Sweep.” Volunteers are needed to help pick up trash at cleanup events around the county, mostly on Saturdays.
Wake County Big Sweep focuses on cleaning tributaries such as creeks, lakes, streams and wetlands that flow into the Neuse or Cape Fear Rivers. Volunteers remove garbage that can be harmful to the water and local wildlife. Last spring, 4.5 tons of litter was pulled from local waterways by 691 volunteers. Anyone interested in volunteering must preregister by contacting the zone captain or park office at their desired site. Registration information and more details are available on Wake County Big Sweep website. Typically anyone under age 18 is required to be accompanied by a parent or adult. You’ll also find more information on upcoming events and age requirements in the Big Sweep Calendar.
2. The Lupus Foundation of America, North Carolina Chapter (LFANC) needs volunteers to help its 8th Annual Walk to End Lupus Now: Raleigh on Sunday, May 1 at North Carolina State University's Centennial Campus in Raleigh. Volunteers are needed from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.to help with setting up, registration, parking, kids area, first aid, rest stops, route guides, support and gear vehicles, food and beverage, finish line cheerleaders and breakdown. The Lupus Foundation of America, North Carolina Chapter regularly has student volunteers who help out as part of class/group requirements. Minors must be accompanied by an adult and there must be one adult to every five minors. Volunteers will receive a T-shirt and meal for their service. If you’re interested in volunteering, you can sign up online at lupusnc.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 877-849-8271, extension 3.
Photo courtesy of Katie Garcia Photography/2015 Annual Walk to End Lupus Now in Raleigh
Find more ways to volunteer in our roundup of volunteer and community service opportunities in the Triangle.