River Clean-Up Call for Volunteers


The 7th Annual Spokane River Clean-Up is coming this September 26. They’re looking for volunteers. Below is a call for volunteers, outlining the ways you can help.

Last year, 800 volunteers collected eight tons of debris from along the banks of the Spokane River, and recycled two tons of it. In addition to our longstanding tradition of
work in the Spokane River Gorge, this year we’ve added a second location in the University District.

If you simply want to participate in the clean up, please preregister at friendsofthefalls.org.

The Spokane River Clean-Up needs volunteers for key positions that make the event possible. To volunteer for any of the roles described below, please call Stephen Barbieri at (509) 953-6437 or Steve Faust at (509) 981-6296.

Team Leaders (70): On September 26, from 8:30 – 12:30: supervise a team of about 30 people within their assigned area, helping to make sure volunteers follow guidelines for handling recyclables, flag and call–in trash that needs special handling, and make sure trash is left only in the designated pick up areas. Familiarity with the outdoors is a plus. Basic first-aid knowledge is helpful, but not required.

Team leaders must attend an orientation meeting a few days before the clean up
(Sept 23, 6 p.m., at WSU’s “Bookie”), where we review the overall plan and
discuss guidelines for handling trash and recyclables, and dealing with hazards.
Then we work together to assemble the gear bags that are distributed to
volunteers on the morning of September 26. This meeting will last about 2 hours.
Parking Attendants (3): On September 26, from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m., greet cleanup
participants as they park in the west lot at Spokane Falls Community College
and provide each participant with a free bus pass for the STA shuttle. Participate
in the clean up from 10 – noon if desired. Attendance at the September 23
orientation meeting is optional.

Baristas (4): On September 26, beginning at 7:15 a.m., through 10 a.m., help
brew and serve Thomas Hammer coffee in High Bridge Park. As the day
progresses, we may ask you to monitor the bike corral or help out with other
tasks – or you can participate in the clean up from 10 – noon. Attendance at the
September 23 orientation meeting is optional.

Take Down Crew (4): On September 26, from about 2 – 3 p.m., help clean up
after the clean up! Working in either High Bridge Park or the U District, take down
chairs and tables, load unused supplies, etc. Attendance at the September 23
orientation meeting is optional.

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