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Hurricane Relief Fort Myers Beach Florida Volunteer Projects

November 25, 2022 - March 1, 2023

Fort Myers Beach + Google Map
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Hurricane Relief Fort Myers Beach Florida Volunteer Projects

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Ocean Blue is now accepting volunteers to help remove plastic and other debris from Fort Myers Beach and next to a waterway. To sign up please email Volunteer@oceanblueproject.org and let us know what day works best for you and we are working Monday – Friday from 9am to 5pm in Fort Myers Beach.

Please email Ocean Blue Project if you are in the Fort Myers Beach area and let us know how we can help cleanup in your area. If you would like to help by volunteering in local Neighborhoods contact us to find out what area we will be working in day to day for the next six months. Over the next few weeks we will have a better idea of what areas are safe and what areas require only in-house staff working.

 

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If you would like to make a donation please send checks to:

Ocean Blue Project, Inc. 

9160 Forum Corporate Parkway

Suit 350, Fort Myers, Florida 33905

Or donate online and all donations go to removing debris in Florida.

Invest in Equipment and help remove plastic from the Ocean

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Our hearts goes out to locals that have lost so much and our team is here to help as much as possible.

Volunteer Recruitment Form

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Volunteer Release Form

A release form is needed for each volunteer on your team. Please make copies of this form as needed for each one of your team members. Please take completed forms with you to your project site the day of the event to make sure everyone signed. Thanks!!

Select the event in which you will be participating
Participants under the age of 18 require parent or guardian signatures
I hereby release, indemnify and hold harmless to Ocean Blue Project, Inc, Volunteers, the organizers, sponsors, and the supervisors of all its activities, from any and all liability in connection with any injury (including any injury caused by negligence), in conjunction with Beach Cleanup and River Cleanup Events. Ocean Blue Project does not allow drinking of alcohol during education events or on City or State property. I likewise hold harmless from liability any person transporting me to or from any Ocean Blue Project, Inc. activity.
I hereby give to Ocean Blue Project, Inc with Oregon and or groups hosting beach cleanup in Washington, Oregon, California, Texas, Florida, Hawaii, South Carolina, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Maine and the United States and whom may be working into its nominees, agents and assigns, my free and unlimited consent and permission, waiving all claims for any compensation by reason thereof or for damages by reason thereof, to use, publish, republish or exhibit in the furtherance of its work, with or without identification of me by name, the photographs, videos, or statements taken, and to disseminate statements referring to me in conjunction therewith if Ocean Blue Project, Inc so desires and to authorize any newspaper, company or other organizations to use, publish, republish or exhibit said photograph with or without identification of me by name and to publish or disseminate statements, referring to me in conjunction therewith in promotion of Ocean Blue Project, Inc. and any of its fundraising campaigns or activities.
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Details

Start:
November 25
End:
March 1, 2023
Cost:
Free
Event Categories:
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Venue

Fort Myers Beach
Fort Myers Beach, OR United States + Google Map
Phone:
5412867015
View Venue Website

What to Pick Up

How to stop ocean pollution - Beach cleanup near me

1

Litters & Debris

Even Small Bits, Animals can mistake them for food

2

Recyclables

like glass, aluminum cans, tin cans, plastic drinking bottles

3

Trash

plastics, metals, glass, styrofoam, foil wrappers, cloth, cardboard, paper, leftover food or food waste

4

Microplastics

A. By technical definition, microplastics are about the size of sesame seeds.
B. They often come from larger plastics that break down into smaller and smaller
pieces.
C. Common sources of microplastics are plastic containers and bottles, bottle caps & lids, packaging, ropes, &
ghost nets.
D. Microplastics are found along the beach on the high tide mark, since floating debris is often left behind by the high tides. 
5

Leave No Trace

Gloves, cleaning supplies, and anything
you brought with you; leave nothing behind but your footprints!

Cleanup Best Practices

  • Split recyclables and trash into separate bags
  • Tie trash bags and dispose in dumpsters (beware overflowing bins: they can cause items to fly away and end up back in the water)
  • Don’t pick up weapons or anything that looks like it came from a hospital. Mark questionable items and inform your organizer or the lifeguard. 
  • If it occurs naturally in nature — like kelp, shells, driftwood — leave it be (try not disrupt animals and plants in the area)
  • Know your cleanup zone boundaries and meeting times 
  • Take note of the nearest lifeguard station and know what to do in case of an emergency
Create-a-Cleanup

Volunteer With a Friend!

The pollution in our communities is a reflection of what’s hurting the ocean.

Whether you’re close to the water or not, you can fight ocean pollution with local changes. Make a difference by joining a community cleanup!

Most importantly, creating local community cleanups is a great way to teach youth the importance of healthy communities and clean water projects. Lastly, the more ocean plastic we can remove depends on Ocean Cleanup volunteers like you! Thank you for supporting Ocean Blue Project the save the ocean organization nonprofit.

Trying to convince a friend to join you in a cleanup? Here are a few reasons why we should all care about the health of our waters:

  • The ocean provides over 70% of the oxygen we breathe
  • Rivers and oceans are important sources of food
  • Seaweed is an ingredient in many consumer products and captures carbon from our atmosphere
  • Scientists use marine organisms for lifesaving medicines 

If we keep our waters healthy, we can keep our livelihoods and economies thriving, protect wildlife, enjoy water recreation, and build a brighter future for generations to come.

Why Pick Up Plastics and Microplastics?

Look Out for Wildlife

As you explore the cleanup zone, enjoy the nature around you, but try not to disrupt the animals and plants. They're enjoying a beach day too! If you find an injured animal, contact your nearest wildlife agency.

Microplastics occur when the sun breaks down plastic debris into smaller and smaller fragments that never fully biodegrade. Animals often mistake plastics and microplastics for food and can get entangled, injured, gravely sick, or wash ashore. When animals that ingest — but can’t digest — these microplastics are eaten, the plastic moves up the food chain, potentially into our food.

Thank you for keeping our ocean blue.

"Beach cleanups are vital to protecting marine ecosystems because they remove plastic debris before it has the chance to break into smaller fragments that washout to sea and harm wildlife. By joining a cleanup, you’re contributing to the sustainability of our planet."

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