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Volunteer to Clean Up the Oil Spill

Volunteer to Clean Up the Oil Spill

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Diane Herbst | Tonic

June 14, 2010

• Human hair from beauty salons, animal fur from groomers and pantyhose are needed by San Fransisco-based Matter of Trust to make homemade booms to sop up the oil. The fur is stuffed into pantyhose, which give shape to the booms. Volunteers are needed at warehouses in different sites across the country to gather for “Boom-B-Qs” to learn how to make the booms.

• Another option for those wishing to help oiled birds, Pascagoula River Audubon Center, part of Audobon Mississippi, is organizing training on cleaning wildlife affected by the oil spill. Volunteers may register their contact information here.


Tristate Bird Rescue & Research is also coordinating on-the-ground volunteer efforts.

Save Our Seabirds is a Sarasota, Florida-based bird rescue group that is looking for volunteers and support as its response team prepares to help oiled wildlife. Call 941-388-3010 for more information.

• Folks on the Florida Keys are mobilizing volunteers to fend oil off its shores. You can register here. About 800 boat captains have already offered the use of their vessels, and scores of people have signed up for classes in how to clean up oil that could begin showing up on the coast later this week.

• Another way to volunteer in Mississippi is to go to the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service, which has registered more than 4,000 volunteers, with over 500 from out of state and as far away as Australia and Canada.

Global Green USA, a nonprofit focused on the creation of green buildings and cities, is signing up volunteers to help clean up the spill. Click here to sign up.

The Gulf Restoration Network, a New Orleans-based nonprofit committed to keeping the Gulf of Mexico clean, seeks volunteers to help with clean-up efforts. Please click here to sign up.

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