Four Effective Ways to Help With the BP Oil Spill

Today’s post comes from guest writer, Alexis Bonari

When a man-made disaster is as large as the BP oil spill (or leak), individuals can feel overwhelmed when searching for ways to aid in cleanup efforts.  Aid can come in the form of physical labor, or donations to the organizations spearheading attempts to contain the damage.   Here are four ways a concerned citizen can help clean up the BP oil spill, and do their part to save the planet:

1. Donate to the Greater New Orleans Foundation.

This organization guarantees that all donations made will go directly to organizations heading-up the cleanup efforts.  Links are available for organizations that want to post a link to the donation site on their blog or website.  Please note that donations cannot be directed towards any specific aspect of cleanup efforts.  Donations are distributed at New Orleans Foundation’s discretion.

2. Donate hair, nylons, and fur to the Matter of Trust organization.

Their initial drive to collect hair, nylons, and fur to create oil-absorbing booms was a huge success.  Matter of Trust has filled two warehouses with booms and cannot house any more. 

Currently, they are in need of anchor line, burlap bags, crawdad bags, nylons, zip ties and gloves.  All that’s required is to sign up on the Matter of Trust website. 

3. Volunteer with Volunteer Florida.

Volunteer Florida is an organization funded through the governor’s office.  According to their latest reports, over 3,000 people have already volunteered to help with oil relief efforts.  Interested volunteers will be assigned to watch the coast, pre-oil beach cleanup, and fundraising.  Training is being offered for positions in Community Emergency Response Teams, 211 operators, and volunteer managers.

4. Donate items to the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary.

Florida’s seabirds are suffering the direct effects of the oil spill.  As the largest wild bird hospital in the United States, the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary is playing a vital role in minimizing the loss of seabird life as a result of the spill.  Every year, they care for 8,000 injured birds.

Your family can work together to gather paper towels, bottled water, Gatorade, trash bags, kennels, shovels, bleach, shovels, gas gift cards, moving boxes, and tooth brushes.  These items can be sent to the Sanctuary for use during cleanup efforts.

Alexis Bonari is a freelance writer and blog junkie. She is currently a resident blogger at First in Education, researching areas of online degree programs. In her spare time, she enjoys square-foot gardening, swimming, and avoiding her laptop.

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