A group of eco-conscious D.C. residents are meeting up at the Pope Branch Park to collect trash in the Anacostia River area on January 20. Volunteers are free to join the group.
The event is titled “Clean Waterways Volunteer Cleanup: Dr. Martin Luther King Day of Service” and organized by Anacostia Riverkeeper, a non-profit organization dedicated to making the Anacostia River swimmable and fishable.
The group “brings together communities across the watershed to take charge; works with public and private partners to enact needed policy; involves local citizen scientists to encourage community ownership,” according to its website.
— Anacostia Riverkeeper (@AnacostiaRrkper) January 9, 2020
The event celebrates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and the memory of Joseph Glover, Founder, and Chair of Pope Branch Park Restoration Alliance.
Martin Luther King Day of Service takes place every year on the third Monday in January and is observed by many people through volunteering for a worthy cause.
Anacostia Riverkeeper is cooperating with the District Department of Energy and Environment, the Office of D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, Pope Branch Park Restoration Alliance and Colonial Pipeline.
Shake Shack will be providing breakfast sandwiches and Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company will distribute free coffee.
The organizers advise potential participants to wear closed-toe shoes and be aware that their clothes are likely to get dirty, adding that all supplies will be provided.
The event kicks off at 10:00 a.m. and lasts until 1:00 p.m.