While picking up litter is not a new experience for me, doing it voluntarily is. 🙂 I woke up this morning and went to help out with a group called Sand Sifters (http://www.sandsifters.us/). They go out the first Saturday of each month and pick up garbage and litter on the beach in Boyton. It was a larger group than I thought it would be – there were probably at least 40 people! I started by doing a quick tour with one of the park rangers where I learned about some indigenous plants and found out how destructive Hurricane Sandy was last week to our shorelines in Florida. We lost about 40 feet of beach in Boynton! Then I just put my iPod in and walked the beach for a few hours picking up trash. I filled about 1/2 a garbage bag full just by myself. I saw groups with multiple bags full! It’s really quite sad how much trash gets washed up on the beaches!
I think the point of including this in my new experiences is that there are plenty of ways for you to volunteer your time, money, or efforts and make a small difference (or a big one!) in the world. It was a wonderful way to spend my morning – walking along the beach and making it more beautiful than it already was! So find something that you enjoy and find a way that you can make it better for others. And don’t litter!!!!