By: Noelle Lambert
July’s Charity of the Month is:
Coastal Steward Long Island is a local non-profit that is dedicated to restoring and preserving Long Island’s coastline through education, community action and raising public awareness. They hope to foster a caring connection between Long Island residents and their shoreline to create future generations of coastal stewards.
CSLI has led beach cleanups in their local communities for over a decade, which has helped prevent the contamination of our beaches. Thanks to their volunteers and sponsors, they have removed over 200 tons of trash from the shores of Long Island!
On Sunday, August 12th, they are hosting their 2nd Underwater Beach Cleanup. This will be held at Centennial Beach in Port Jefferson starting at 9 a.m. If you love our oceans and want to help keep our coastlines clean, bring your friends and family to help clean up the beach. Also, if you are a certified scuba diver, you can bring your equipment and join those who will go below the surface and clean the beach. Lunch will be provided after the clean up, courtesy of Port Diver. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Info@CoastalSteward.org.
CSLI also runs programs for camps, schools and any other interested groups that include activities such as shellfish hatchery tours, marine life identification, plankton identification under microscopes, use of the interaction presentations at the Marine Stewardship Education Center and touch tank presentations.
There are plenty of ways that you can become involved with Coastal Steward Long Island. They are always looking for more volunteers and are currently looking for people to help in the following areas: beach cleanups, planting oysters, data collection, maintaining tanks, releasing into the harbor and office work. As a community service organization, they will provide community service credit to their volunteers if needed. Please visit www.CoastalSteward.org to view more upcoming events that you can be a part of.
“People protect what they love, they love what they understand and they understand what they are taught.” ~ Jacques Cousteau
Another Organization YOU Can Become Involved With . . .
Help Hope and Smiles ~ Seaford, NY
Help Hope and Smiles is a 501(c)3 organization that is dedicated to giving children with autism the chance to reach their potential and improve their quality of life. They are excited to announce their upcoming fundraising event, entitled Night of Magic, on August 7th. This will be held at Governor’s Comedy Club in Levitown from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and will benefit children with autism. Tickets can be purchased on their website and are $25 if purchased before August 2nd, and $35 if purchased after. All who attend must be 18 years or older. Please contact Tana at HelpHopeAndSmiles@gmail.com for more information.
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