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4 Ways to Give Back in Chesapeake This Fall

hands and feet in a circle on green grass

Besides helping our neighbors and friends with lawn care, we are also involved in the greater Chesapeake and Virginia Beach communities. With so many different volunteer opportunities available at any given time, it can be hard to keep track of them all! 

Below are four different service projects you can be a part of this fall season. And maybe you’ll even run into some of us!

Plant-a-Row for the Hungry Vegetable Collection - Virginia Cooperative Extension

If you have a knack for gardening, this would be a great opportunity for you! The Virginia Cooperative Extension is looking for a variety of volunteers to help feed the needy in the Chesapeake community. Experienced growers can provide excess vegetables, volunteers can assist at the local food bank with reception and delivery of the produce, and anyone can donate non-perishable pantry items. 

In addition to helping the community, those who attend will receive brochures to teach growers of all ages best practices, healthy recipes and gardening tips from some of the communities best growers. Some weeks there is even a guest speaker! 

This event is in collaboration with the nationwide Garden Writers Association of America campaign. It will take place every Tuesday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Chesapeake Central Library (298 Cedar Road) until September 25th. 

For more information, call the Chesapeake Extension Office at 382-6348. 

International Coastal Cleanup 2018 - Keep Norfolk Beautiful 

Come one, come all because on September 10th, Keep Norfolk Beautiful will be kicking off their annual International Coastal Cleanup, which will go through October 31st. There are three ways to get involved: host a cleanup, join an existing cleanup or volunteer at the Recognition Day Cleanup on September 15th. 

Anyone can volunteer however if you are under the age of 18, you must be accompanied by an adult or sign a permission form for Keep Norfolk Beautiful to collect. Volunteers will be tasked with collecting, tracking and removing litter from the beaches and waterways of Norfolk. 

If you wish to host a cleanup, you will need to go through a brief training. Additionally, you will be provided with litter grabbers, gloves, sign-in sheets, and water coolers to share with your team of volunteers. 

To register for any cleanup, follow this link.

Environment Work Day - Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve Foundation 

This opportunity is for all the nature-lovers out there! Saturday, October 13th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm the Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve Foundation, in Portsmouth, VA, will be hosting its monthly workday. 

Volunteers will rake the trails, remove unwanted plants, trim overgrown plants and, if qualified, do minor carpentry. The intent of this monthly work day is to continue to allow guests the ability to enjoy the natural wonders located on the preserve. 

It is recommended that volunteers wear long sleeves, long pants, sturdy boots, and bug spray. Ages 8 and up are welcome. 

For more information, visit this link.

Volunteer Service Day - Elizabeth River Project 

Why not make volunteering a family event? The Elizabeth River Project is hosting several Volunteer Service Days this fall that are family friendly. The first one is on Saturday, October 20th from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at 1141 Victory Boulevard in Portsmouth, VA. 

You will spend your morning pulling invasive weeds, helping maintain the trails and cleaning up recreation amenities. Volunteers should wear closed-toe shoes and long pants. It is also advised that you bring sunscreen, bug spray and lots of water!

Anyone interested must register by contacting Ranger Kat Fish via either email, kfish@elizabethriver.orgor, or phone call, 757-392-7132. 

If you cannot make it on October 20th or registration is full, feel free to check out one of the other dates later this year!