Thank You Thursday – 9.5.13

Welcome to the Rosh Hashanah edition of Heal the Bay’s “Thank You Thursday.” The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to take a moment to reflect on what we’re truly thankful for.

Overall, we are grateful to live in such a beautiful place, where the wonders of the beach or mountains are within easy reach.

We are also grateful to the nearly 30 individuals and 13 teams who’ve “friendraised” to fund our Coastal Cleanup Day efforts on September 21. Great going! We thank you for helping to spread the word about the “biggest volunteer day” on the planet. (It’s not too late to start your own CCD friendraising page!)

A huge gracías to La Sandía at the Santa Monica Place for hosting our wonderful volunteers at our booster night and for providing their tasty tacos! Booster nights provide Heal the Bay staff the opportunity to update our top volunteers and ambassadors (such as our Aquarium volunteers, speakers, beach cleanup captains and members of our MPA Watch program) on our upcoming campaigns. This month, we focused on Coastal Cleanup Day and on updating folks about the impacts of opening Hermosa Beach to oil drilling, as proposed by oil company E&B Natural Resources.

And, we thank employees from Chatsworth-based insurance brokerage firm AmWINS, who’ve made it an annual tradition to join us for a summer beach cleanup. This year, they came out to Topanga in August, enjoying a beautiful beach day, while helping to rid that beach of marine-bound debris.

To anyone who’s celebrating Rosh Hashanah, we wish you and your family a sweet, happy and healthy new year!

If you haven’t already, sign up to volunteer on Coastal Cleanup Day, held this year on Saturday, September 21. Find a location near you.

Interested in protecting your environment? Find your own ideal way to get involved.