Celebrating its 17th year, Great Days of Service is a cooperative and community-focused initiative created by the Gwinnett Coalition of Health and Human Services Coalition – a nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing the health and human service needs of everyone in Gwinnett County. Because the environment plays such an enormous role in the health and wellness of the citizens it serves, Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful has been honored to play a role in Great Days of Service since its inception. This year, we are proud to carry on that tradition – with a special focus on our watersheds. Last year – alongside our partners at Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources – we were joined by dozens of environmentally-conscious and caring volunteers to fan out over the Beaver Ruin Watershed in Duluth while undertaking a number of tasks that are vital to the preservation and protection of the watershed. This year, we shift our focus to the Sweetwater Watershed in the Duluth/ Lawrenceville area.
What is a watershed?
A watershed comprises the area of land surrounding a lake, stream or pond. Water from rain and runoff flows downhill from the watershed into the waterway, often carrying with it any litter, chemical pollution and the like with it. The reasons to protect the health and sustainability of a watershed reach far beyond its impact on the physical beauty of the area. The alarming truth is that everything that happens on and around the watershed can have an impact on nearby waterways! The very same waterways that sustain life for local flora and fauna, provide an outlet for recreational pursuits like fishing and swimming, and sometimes even provide drinking water for our neighbors here in Gwinnett and further downstream.
How can I help?
It is vital that we show our community pride and work together as neighbors to protect the health and sustainability of our watersheds and waterways by:
- Removing litter for the vitality and beautification of our watersheds;
- Spreading the word about what watershed is and why they are so important to our community’s overall well-being;
- Taking part in our Storm Drain Stenciling Program;
- Volunteering for the 17th Annual Great Days of Service!!
We hope you can join us! To volunteer, please complete these 3 easy steps:
- Fill out the volunteer registration form below and click submit. REGISTRATION ENDS THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20th.
- Click here to view and print the Volunteer Release Form.
- Read the Volunteer Release Form, sign it and bring it with you the day of the event.
- Come to the Pleasant Hill Plaza (1630 Pleasant Hill Rd in Duluth) at 9 am on October 22nd!
Please note: All volunteers must be 14 or older to participate in this service project.
Volunteers will need to wear old clothes, closed-toed shoes, and long pants. All equipment needed, water, and lunch will be provided.