by Devin Chicras
We celebrated Earth Day weekend in Skyway on Saturday, April 20th with some of the coolest neighbors toting litter grabbers, contractor bags and a croissant or two to pair with free double-shot espressos.
880 Yard Stretch of Renton Ave S Covered
At least half of a mile of the Skyway Business District on both sides of Renton Avenue from 74th Avenue South all the way down to Skyway Library got some love from our volunteers.
18 Free Reusable Waterbottles Disbursed
Thanks to our friends at Cascade Designs, we had a whole bunch of high-quality reusable Platypus SoftBottles to give out to volunteers.
15 Pounds of Fresh Fruit On Hand
Plenty of organic bananas and apples, plus easy peel citrus fruit helped round out a delicious light breakfast of baked goods, granola bars and other snacks.
12 Motivated Volunteers
Shout outs to Mary G., Devin C., Laurel M., Joel M., Beth H., Neal M., Patty H., Jeremy W., Vicky W., Miki H., Cindy S., and Jim L. for spending their Saturday morning with us. Half of our volunteers were experiencing WHAM for the first time! New friendly faces are ALWAYS welcome to join in.
10 Giant Trash Bags Filled
We packed 42-gallon contractor bags full of wrappers, butts, bottles and some other unidentifiable pieces of trash. On top of that, we collected some large items (including a TV) and something remarkably unpleasant-smelling inside an abandoned plastic storage tote.
7 Nevzat’s Espresso Drinks Served
One of the perks of joining the WHAM crew on Saturday was a free drink token for Nevzat’s Espresso! Volunteers cashed them in for hot chocolate, coffee, tea, and other tasty beverages.
1 Rotten Lobster Head Found
WHCA Board President Jeremy wins the award for the strangest (grossest) find: a rotting, severed lobster head. Congrats(?!), Jeremy.
Thank you to all our volunteers
Be sure to sign up for WHAM Alerts straight to your inbox so you don’t miss the next opportunity to challenge your neighbors to see who finds the grossest or oddest item on our streets.
Lastly, a big thanks to King County Community Service Area (CSA) Grant Program for the support and to Seth and Selina at King County Community Work Program for hauling away the whole trash pile for us despite being seriously understaffed.
And hey, neighbor – did you know that in just a couple minutes, you can also help sustain great programs in your neighborhood like WHAM by becoming a monthly donor to your all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit West Hill Community Association (even $5/month helps)!