Ocean Blue Team gives Thanksgiving thank you to ocean supporters and announces prize winning donors this week, plants trees on Black Friday. By Karisa Boyce
For a Thankful Thanksgiving this year, Ocean Blue Project, a grassroots environmental nonprofit, is calling on local volunteers in Albany, Oregon to Buy Less, Do More, Plant Trees this Black Friday. The best way to give a Thanksgiving thank you this year, when the climate change crisis is more pressing than ever, is to buy less and do more.
How to Give Back
Ocean Blue urges environmental action. Let's Plant Trees. Let's do good for clean water and hide from all the wild shopping on this Black Friday. Bring your smiles, Thanksgiving thank you, and let's plant native trees and shrubs for wildlife, clean water, and to lower water temperatures by shading a local water way with Ocean Blue team trees.
Local volunteers will join for planting of native shrubs along a popular walking and biking path adjacent Periwinkle Creek in Albany. Other Oregonians will be giving back as well through a popular Portland area publication fundraising campaign, Willamette Week’s Give!Guide. The Give!Guide features 152 of the most impactful PDX nonprofits that folks can choose from to donate.
Black Friday: November 29 - Plant Trees with Ocean Blue (Become a member here to provide trees for the project - leave a comment about where you want your trees)
Giving Tuesday: December 3 - Give $10 or more here to win!
From Ocean Blue You Get: Two tickets to the Pendleton Roundup
From Give!Guide You Get: Two nights at Brasada Ranch in a Luxury suite and a round of golf
If You’re 35 or Under: You have twice the chance of winning, as we’ll be giving out a second Brasada vacation package to one donor under the age of 36!
Big Give Day Thursday: December 5 - Give $10 or more here to win!
From Ocean Blue You Get: $50 Gift Card from LiveEdge Eco Salon
From Give!Guide You Get: Two weekend passes to Feast Portland 2020, a $500 gift card from New Seasons Market, a $150 gift card to Tasty n Daughters and one year’s supply of goodies from: ¿Por Qué No?, Nossa Familia Coffee, Jasmine Pearl Tea Company, Gluten Free Gem, and Ground Up Nut Butter
Enter Photo Contest
Enter Photo Contest to Win Zipline, Zoo, and Getaway (enter by 12/31/2019)
Enter this photo contest for even more chances to win even more cool prizes from Ocean Blue Project, including Pumpkin Ridge Zipline, Oregon Zoo, and one night stay at Brasada Ranch.
The G!G encourages young folks who are 35 and under to donate $10. By giving up two lattes this week, you can give to a good cause making a positive impact in your community. Local business owners are giving back too by offering an array of incentive prizes. You can get free stuff depending on the amount you donate, or you can donate a small amount and be entered to win a bigger prize or package.
Prizes from Ocean Blue business partners include Bend Distillery and Portland Thorns, whose winners will be announced in the Ocean Blue newsletter! Sign up on the homepage of this site to find out future winners! More winners will receive tickets to Pendleton Roundup and Oregon Symphony, gifts from Thunderpants, LiveEdge Eco Salon, Alexana and Stoller Family Estate wineries.
Other Big Give Day prizes are listed below. To find out what you can win by donating $10 or more through Willamette Week’s Give!Guide, just keep scrolling.
Give through December 31st:
Dorsal Bracelets is giving a limited-edition Ocean Blue bracelet for the first 100 to give at least $50. First 10 to donate $500 enter to win Chateau Bianca Winery Tour & Tasting for 10+.
The first 5 to donate $1,000 enter to win a 2 night stay with Oregon Beach Vacations.
December 12 - Give: $10 or more
From Ocean Blue You Get: Two tickets to the Oregon Symphony
From Give!Guide You Get: A Tender Loving Empire vinyl package and weekend passes to Treefort Music Fest, Sisters Folk Festival, McMenamins Sabertooth Fest, Oregon Jamboree, Harefest and two tickets to the select show of your choice at the Portland Jazz Festival.
(The vinyl package includes four new TLE releases on vinyl with digital downloads, a $100 shopping spree, a comfy crewneck, a campfire mug for your adventures, and a set of three art prints.)
December 19 - Give: $10 or more
From Ocean Blue You Get: $150 Gift Certificate from Thunderpants
From Give!Guide You Get: A Specialized FX 1 Commuter Bike from Bike Gallery.
December 26 - Give: $10 or more
From Ocean Blue You Get: Alexana Wine Experience for four, and Stoller Family Estate Wine Tasting for ten.
From Give!Guide You Get: A vacation package from the Oregon Cultural Trust that will take you across the amazing state we are lucky enough to call home! Visit giveguide.org for more details.
Ocean Blue Team Trees Goal
Ocean Blue has a goal of $15,000 from 150 donors, so be sure to mark those dates on your calendar. Proceeds will go toward Trees for Streams, to enhance wildlife habitat and water quality in Oregon’s waterways. The spirit of giving a Thanksgiving thank you can be extended through the holiday season all the way to December 31st.
We have received $3,010 from 36 donors so far, so please donate or share this fundraiser with your friends and family to help us reach our goal. Consider giving in honor or memory of someone for the holidays and remember what matters the most this thankful Thanksgiving. If we all continue to give back a little, our one world Ocean will be clean one day.
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Join our team and help Create Volunteer Opportunities at local Florida beaches with Ocean Blue Project.
Have an interest in ocean conservation?
Ocean Blue Project is a Environmental non profit of marine researchers interested in saving marine wildlife and lowering plastic pollution. Protect the ocean, coral reefs, and be a part of the Ocean Blue “Florida Gulf Keepers” coastal cleanup efforts for the Pinellas County cleanup to protect healthy oceans and marine life, and ultimately all life on earth. Ocean Blue received many emails last year about dead marine animals throughout the seawater during red tide season. It was heartbreaking to witness so many injured and dying marine animals. The Ocean Blue board of members are launching fundraisers for solutions to help save marine animals throughout Florida.
To Give Back, Ocean Blue will:
1. Blue Beaches Program Create A Cleanup
Host over 20 beach cleanups in the State of Florida to remove microplastic and other land-based debris.
2. Blue Schools Program
Empower over 17,000 students and over 750 classrooms to become stewards of the environment and the importance of lowering single use plastics.
3. Blue Streams & Rivers Program
Target point source runoff by testing water in urban streams for phosphorus and other toxins coming into the ocean. This research strategy uses fungi to remove pathogens and toxins destroying our waterways. Ocean Blue has goals to conduct this research during wildlife enhancement restoration projects to take place in six urban streams. Streams will be identified in collaboration with local governing agencies by the end of summer 2025.
Have a passion for saving marine animals, the Gulf Coast, and our Ocean? Join a local beach cleanup with Ocean Blue. The Ocean Blue Florida Region will be hosting Gulf Keepers Beach Cleanups in several Florida chapters to help save the ocean.
Florida Beach Community Cleanup Event
Beach: Indian Rocks Beach
When: Saturday, January 25, 2020
Time: 8am to 12pm
Want to give back and are unable make this event?
If you can’t make it to an official Beach Cleanup event, keep in mind that anyone residing in coastal Metropolitan areas can help save the Ocean by picking up two pieces of plastic litter every day and by sharing your photos with #WeCleanBeaches.
Support grassroots environmental non profits by giving directly. Find out how you can become an Ocean Blue member on our website. www.oceanblueproject.org
Volunteer Opportunities West Palm Beach
Say Goodbye to plastic shopping bags and start saving our waterways today.
You may have plastic shopping bags in your home town however say goodbye to plastic bags in Nova Scotia and it's time to invest in your own reusable shopping bags today.
Nova Scotia is one of the few Canadian provinces that are taking direct action to reduce the amount of plastic waste ending up in rivers and our landfill. Their provincial MLAs passed through legislation that bans single use plastic bags from grocery stores and other retailers in their province.
This ban will change old habits to new habits and many will own their own shopping cotton bags rather then using single use throwaway bags that cause havoc on our environment.
The majority Liberal government introduced this bill to ban single use plastic bags on September 26 and a month later passed on October 30, 2019. Many municipalities across Canada have banned single use plastic bags already but it's not common for the bags to be banned province-wide.
It's time for the United States to follow this action and help save the Ocean from chocking on single use plastic.
Worldwide, as many as one trillion plastic bags are used each year. This equates to 100 million barrels of oil! A 2015 study estimated more than 15 trillion pieces of plastic trash are in the ocean, and growing every year.
Support local nonprofits cleaning up our beaches, rivers, and our one world Ocean.
Other ways to reduce single use plastic is by buying Boxed Water over plastic water bottles and stock your car with reusable shopping bags and refillable water containers. Read more about plastic pollution facts by Ocean Blue.