Volunteer Cleanup Opportunities
Our cleanup season runs from October through April. We host public cleanups (sponsored by Recover) and also provide supplies for private groups that would like to clean up their local creek or neighborhood. Continue reading to learn more about each opportunity to get involved!
Upcoming Public Cleanups
Public Cleanups are facilitated by Catawba Riverkeeper, with funding from Recover, and are open to anyone in the community who would like to participate. They are hosted throughout the Catawba-Wateree River Basin and usually take place on a Saturday each month during the cleanup season.
- January 29 – 1PM – 3PM – Briar Creek, Briar Creek Greenway | Charlotte
- February 26 – 1PM – 4PM – Catawba River, Southern Basin Outdoor Classroom | Fort Lawn, SC
- March 19 – 10AM – 12PM – Irwin Creek, Ray’s Splash Planet | Charlotte
- April 22 – 5PM – 7PM – Catawba River, Kevin Loftin Riverfront Park, Belmont, NC
- May 31 – Cleanup with Foothills Conservancy – Morganton, NC
- July 28 – 6-8 PM – Litter Cleanup in FreeMoreWest neighborhood with Recover | Charlotte
Riversweep – Saturday, October 1, 2022
The Catawba Riversweep is one day a year when residents from all over the Catawba-Wateree River Basin come together to clean up on the same day. Choose from 40+ cleanup sites across the basin. You can sign up as an individual, as a family, or register a group (ex. Scout Troop, Youth Group, Beta Club, etc.) Learn more and sign up at catawbariversweep.org.
You can make a difference! Do you have a group that would like to host a cleanup? We will provide the supplies, and you provide the cleanup power! Contact our Volunteer Coordinator at Lauren.email@example.com with a cleanup date, time, and information about how many individuals are in your group. We will coordinate a time for you to pick up supplies at our offices. For more information on how to put together a cleanup for your group, view our Volunteer-Led Cleanup Guide.
Pick up trash while you’re out on a walk, a jog, or paddle. Every little bit helps! You can buy your very own collapsible, reusable trash collecting bag to take with you on walks/runs. Buy now for $5.
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As part of our Business Memberships, Catawba Riverkeeper organizes and facilitates small group, corporate cleanups for businesses upon request. Contact our Program Director at firstname.lastname@example.org to start a conversation about hosting a cleanup with your employees.
2022 Volunteer Cleanup Map
See our progress so far! View our 2022 Volunteer Cleanup Map to see locations where Catawba Riverkeeper has hosted cleanups this year. Click on the red dots to view the partnered organization or business and how much trash was collected.