"Do Good. Have Fun."
with Annapolis Green, Keep America Beautiful and Bud Light 

Thank you to the more than 70 volunteers who cleaned-up and refreshed the Ellen O. Moyer Back Creek Nature Park on Saturday, July 26. We partnered with Keep America Beautiful on this Bud Light-sponsored project and we followed up with a big party at Port Annapolis Marina, right next door, courtesy of Bud Light.

In the morning we assigned them jobs that had been coordinated with the city's Recreation and Parks department. We planted dozens of plants, we scrubbed the features in the park including signs and wooden steps and picnic tables. We picked up litter. We hammered down protruding nails. We cut back overgrown invasive species. We screwed down dangerously loose planks on the pier. And we spread pile after pile of wood chips along the trails.

It really was a community effort. In addition to the main sponsorship from Bud Light, local organizations stepped up to help make it a success, largely at their own expense. Thank you to:

Annapolis Community Boating, whose headquarters is in the Park, partnered with us too, providing boats for on-the-water little pick-up and lots of event support. Annapolis Community Boating's mission is to make boating accessible and fun for all.

The generally agreed upon value of a volunteer hour in Maryland is about $25.50. That is the figure used by many philanthropic organizations. Using that number, times three hours, times 70 volunteers, the total value of the volunteer labor donated to the city was $5355. Add to that about $1000 worth of plants.

Read Elvia's statement before the City Council

A lot of people talked about making this an annual event and we just might. Thank you to everybody who worked so hard doing good and later, having fun.

Our event was one of more than 60 locations across the country where this summer young people will joined together to do some good work for the community and have fun too!

Annapolis Green, as an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, was asked to organized a project that would have a beneficial impact on the community. We decided that a clean-up, spruce-up of the Ellen O. Moyer Nature Park on Back Creek would fit the bill and provide a good starting point for establishing a Back Creek Conservancy in the near future. That was the Do Good part. It only made sense to have the Have Fun part -- the celebration party -- at Port Annapolis Marina, right next door.

And here's a big thank you to Port Annapolis, a Certified Maryland Clean Marina, for donating the pavilion space for our event. A delicious lunch was provided to participants by the Main Ingredient.


See the Do Good Have Fun Facebook page... lots of photos of events in other locations and ours!

See the video below for another community's Do Good Have Fun event.


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