Volunteers needed for Guild’s annual community project with Riverkeeper

What: Buffalo Newspaper Guild’s annual cleanup event.
When: 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 21. Please arrive shortly before 9:45 a.m.
Where: Ohio Street Boat Launch, 421 Ohio St., near Father Conway Park on South Street.
Register: BNWaterKeeper.org/cleanup

A litter cleanup of the small park at the Ohio Street Boat Launch on Saturday, April 21 will mark the seventh year of a Guild initiative to aid the Spring Shoreline Cleanup coordinated by Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper.

The annual effort is conducted in memory of our late friend and reporter John “Jay” Bonfatti. Jay, who died in 2008, loved the outdoors and believed strongly in caring for the environment.

Guild members, with volunteers from other groups, have helped clear tons of trash from this location, which has improved significantly in recent years with new developments.
Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting our major waterways. The cleanup involves more than 1,000 volunteers at about 40 sites.

Gloves and trash bags will be provided. Wear boots or sneakers, and clothes appropriate for working outside in unpredictable weather.

Important note: Riverkeeper has changed the signup policy this year and wants participants to register online prior to the event at its BNWaterKeeper.org/cleanup waiver site.

This is an opportunity for students who need to meet community service requirements. But children must be at least 12, and all volunteers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Our participation in the cleanup began in 2012, and is one of a handful of initiatives the Guild has tried to boost our presence in the community, as well as to offer members a rewarding experience that encourages greater activity in the Guild. Please help us again this year.

For information, contact Henry Davis at hdavisguild@verizon.net, or 849-5595 or 868-3593.