Why You Should Help!
Volunteering at a cleanup event helps to keep these natural parts of our county beautiful for everyone to enjoy. These events also give volunteers an opportunity to meet new people, to get outside, and to volunteer in a stress-relieving, natural setting.
Our cleanup days are also a great way to fulfill your community service requirements. Individuals, clubs, and classes are welcome and encouraged to come out and participate in our cleanup events.
All youth under the age of 18 must have a parent/guardian signature on their Waiver of Liability (English) (Spanish), and also need adult supervision for the entire event.
Volunteers are encouraged to wear long pants, sturdy shoes, gloves and sunscreen and bring their own pick-up sticks. (see our What to Bring section below.)
Cleanup Event Goal:
The goal of our cleanup events is to remove as much trash, debris, and recyclables as possible out of our water ways.
How to Sign Up:
1. Check out our Upcoming Cleanup Events page (up top).
2. Select a site. For each cleanup event, you will find a list of sites including locations, Site Coordinators (who will lead the cleanup), meeting and parking locations, site considerations/conditions, and the number of volunteers needed.
3. Follow the signup instructions for your site, as posted on the site list. Not all sites require advanced signups.
4. Print and sign a Waiver of Liability (English) (Spanish) and turn it in to your Site Coordinator at the beginning of the event. Anyone under 18 years of age is required to have parent/guardian consent. Minors who are dropped off at a cleanup site without a signed waiver will not be allowed to participate.
What to Bring:
1. Long Pants
2. Sturdy Shoes
3. Work Gloves
5. Hat and Sunglasses
6. Dust Mask (if sensitive to dust)
7. Signed Waiver of Liability (English) (Spanish)- Minors who are dropped off at a cleanup site without a signed waiver will not be allowed to participate.
What We Provide:
First Aid Supplies
Water and Refreshments
Upon arrival at a cleanup event, your Site Coordinator will provide you with all safety guidlines. You are required to follow these guidelines.
Here are some common do's and don'ts - your Site Coordinator may provide you with more:
- Don't go in the water!
- Don't pick up any dangerous or hazardous materials - including needles, syringes, bloody clothing and bandages. Notify your Site Coordinator immediately if you find any of these objects.
- Don't pick up heavy and/or awkward objects such as tires or large pieces of scrap metal, unless approved by the Site Coordinator.
- Don't pick up dead animals.
- Don't stomp on bags.
- Don't overexert yourselves! Take breaks and drink plenty of water.
- Do use caution around creek banks - they can be muddy and slippery.
- Do stay clear of homeless encampments.
- Do wear gloves at all times.
- Do stay in a group or work with a buddy.
- Do be cautious of poison oak!
- Do lift with your legs, not your back.
- Do handle sharp objects (broken glass) with care - children should NOT pick up broken glass.
Safety Comes First!
For most cleanup events, we hold a "Most Unusual Item" Contest, and includes prizes donated by local businesses. Your Site Coordinator will have information on the contest and prizes.
Interested in becoming a Site Coordinator?
If you would like to host a site for National River Cleanup Day on
May 16, 2015, please contact us!
Complete the site registration form, fax it to (408) 979-5672 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to Kate Slama, Santa Clara Valley Water District, 5750 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, CA 95118. Registration forms are due February 13, 2015.