Escondido Shines, whose motto is “serve, salute, celebrate” is coordinating local efforts to once more be part of the countywide Creek to Bay Cleanup on Saturday, 9 a.m.–noon.
The effort has the strong endorsement of Mayor Paul McNamara, who said in a statement: “As a community, the more aware we are of needs, the more likely we are to want to help. I invite everyone to identify people and places where service is needed and then respond as part of Escondido Shines Service Day. This IS OUR home.”
Vaughn North, founder of Escondido Smiles, commented, “I have also encouraged them to promote individual projects, as well as to support the four park projects through registration at creektobay.org.”
The Escondido volunteers will join 6,000 volunteers countywide at the 17th Annual Creek to Bay Cleanup sponsored by I Love A Clean San Diego.
Volunteers, including local residents, community groups, and corporate teams, are encouraged to sign up for a location in their neighborhood as a way to give back to the local environment for Earth Day. From Alpine to Mission Beach and San Ysidro to Oceanside, there are 115 cleanup sites throughout San Diego County where volunteers may participate. Those interested in getting involved and making a difference can select a site and register at CreektoBay.org.
Creek to Bay’s tagline, “Your Neighborhood, Our Environment,” highlights the importance of taking action locally to contribute regionally and beyond. Volunteers can join forces with their neighbors at a nearby cleanup site to impact the overall health and beauty of the entire county.
Last year, 6,463 volunteers removed more than 145,000 pounds of litter and debris during the three-hour event. While trash removal is a large focus of the event, volunteers will also enhance their communities through beautification projects such as green waste removal, painting park structures, graffiti removal, mulching, and more. These beautification projects restore local outdoor areas and inspire a strong sense of community pride.
ILACSD encourages all volunteers to practice zero waste cleanup habits at Creek to Bay by swapping single-use plastic items for sustainable alternatives. When registering, volunteers can pledge to bring reusable water bottles, work gloves, and buckets, keeping thousands of single-use bags and disposable gloves out of San Diego’s crowded landfills. As an incentive to opt for reusable alternatives, ILACSD will again hold its Bling Your Bucket Contest. The Bling Your Bucket Contest encourages creativity while promoting conservation. Kids and adults can submit a photo of their decorated reusable trash collection bucket for the chance to be featured on CreektoBay.org. Fun prizes will be awarded to the best-decorated buckets entered into the contest.
Additionally, Sony has returned to sponsor this year’s Creek to Bay Sony Photo Contest. With this year’s theme of Volunteering Victories, contestants are asked to submit a photo that captures what made the volunteer experience a success at the Creek to Bay Cleanup. The winner of the contest will receive a Sony Cyber-shot camera. Photos for the Bling Your Bucket and Sony Photo Contests may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. Interested volunteers can find contest details at CreektoBay.org.
Creek to Bay is one of the two countywide cleanups that ILACSD hosts each year. The second, Coastal Cleanup Day, will take place Saturday, September 21. Additionally, ILACSD hosts multiple cleanups, educational workshops, and volunteer events each month. To find out more visit the event calendar on cleanSD.org.