The Issue: Debris Along Sensitive Shorelines
In the past five years, volunteers for the Sanctuary Friends Foundation of the Florida Keys along with TeamOCEAN have netted and cleaned up more than 35,000 pounds of debris from marine sanctuaries. At the start of turtle nesting season, the volunteers focus largely on removing plastic, but also clean up beach litter—including bottles, lids, caps, and bags—to help decrease ingestion and entanglement threats to the animals.
The Campaign: Coastline Cleanup Event
If this Grassroots campaign raises $300, then Sanctuary Friends Foundation of the Florida Keys can host a coastline cleanup, using the funds to purchase trash bags, scissors, gloves, and an afternoon picnic for the volunteers. During a typical cleanup event, volunteers travel by motorboat or kayak to islands, usually making multiple trips to collect all of the bagged debris.
To celebrate the launch of Groupon Grassroots, Groupon will also provide a $1,000 kickoff grant to this campaign.
Sanctuary Friends Foundation of the Florida Keys
Through collaborations with the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and other friends, the Sanctuary Friends Foundation of the Florida Keys helps preserve, restore, and sustain the coral-reef ecosystem. Along with coastline-cleanup projects, its volunteers protect the coral reef through the mooring buoy program, and by teaching middle-school children how to remove invasive lionfish through the coral-reef classroom.