April 4, 2011

Save Our Shores Wins Best Non-Profit 2011!

A big thank you goes out to all of you who voted for Save Our Shores as Best Non-Profit in the Santa Cruz Weekly Gold Awards of 2011. We are honored.

Save Our Shores has been spreading roots in the Santa Cruz and greater Monterey Bay communities for over 30 years. From winning the fight to keep offshore oil drilling out of Central Coast waters in the late 70's to working to establish the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary for over a decade, the big, blue network of SOS continues to spread each year. Read more about the history of SOS here...

With a staff of only six full-timers, we would not be able to accomplish all that we do without the dedication and support we receive from our amazing volunteers and generous Members. Can you believe SOS has worked with over 10,000 volunteers since the beginning of 2009?!

Here are some of the achievements that you've helped Save Our Shores accomplish:

  • Since January 2009, SOS ran 424 beach cleanups that removed over 26,000 lbs. of trash & nearly 9,000 lbs. of recyclables.
  • We also lead 83 inland cleanups where over 32,000 lbs. of trash and over 8,000 lbs. of recyclables were removed. (See below: the next San Lorenzo River cleanup is on Jan. 29th).
  • SOS cleanups took place in different 11 watersheds within Santa Cruz County.
  • SOS now has 23 Adopt-A-Beach groups committed to cleaning their beaches at least 3 times a year.
  • SOS coordinated over 6,000 volunteers during Annual Coastal Cleanup Day 2010 in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties who removed 20,000 lbs. of debris from cleanup sites in just 3 hours!
  • SOS was an active member of the Santa Cruz County Plastic Bag Taskforce that helped create the Single-Use Bag Reduction Ordinance now approved by both the County & City of Santa Cruz. SOS then created the Central Coast Sanctuary Alliance, now made up of 24 environmental organizations around the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary working to pass local bans on single-use plastic bags.
  • SOS conducted 240 classroom presentations to teach youth about the sources and impacts of pollution & marine debris in Half Moon Bay, Santa Cruz County & Monterey County.
  • SOS installed 12 signs on the Santa Cruz wharf to educate people about plastic pollution & proper fishing line disposal.
  • SOS installed 18 educational cigarette butt receptacles, also known as BaitTanks, in high impact areas in Santa Cruz & Capitola. Stay tuned for more on BaitTanks in 2011!
We'd love for you to join us! Become a Member today!

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