Celebrating its 20th 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 (GCB) has been honored to play a role in Great Days of Service since its inception. Last year – alongside our partners at Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources (DWR) – we were joined by dozens of environmentally-conscious and caring volunteers to fan out over the Upper Yellow Watershed in Snellville while undertaking a number of tasks that are vital to the preservation and protection of the watershed.
This year we have a whole new spin on an old idea. Returning to Jackson Creek Watershed after 5 years, GCB and DWR are teaming up to combine the usual watershed cleanup our volunteers have come to know and love with a Halloween-themed Trick or Treatment Festival. Sign-in will begin at 8:30 am at the Yellow River Water Reclamation facility, with the event starting promptly at 9 am. Cleanup activities will go from 9 – 11 am, followed by food and fun at the festival! Dress up as either your favorite super hero or make-up your own environmental hero costume. Prizes will be awarded at the end for the best costumes. All equipment needed, water, and lunch will be provided. Please bring your own re-usable bottle for water.
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.
We hope you can join us! To volunteer, please complete these 3 easy steps:
- Fill out the volunteer registration form below and click submit.
- Bring a completed Volunteer Registration Form (click here). If you are a County employee, please complete a County Employee Volunteer Waiver (click here).
- Dress in your best superhero costume! Be sure that your costume is dirt-friendly and includes leg coverage and close-toed shoes for your safety.
Please note: Volunteers must be 14 years of age or older unless accompanied by an adult. Children younger than 8 years old may be too young to participate.