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Willamette River Volunteer Cleanup W/ Sunriver Brewing
On Saturday October 12th, with Sunriver Brewing Company Employees, will join Ocean Blue for a beach cleanup celebration. Sunriver Brewing Co. is a Bend Based Brewery that has a mission to give back to our beaches. This is event is one three beach cleanups we have organized together for this summer.
Ocean Blue Project, an Oregon-based national nonprofit, was founded in 2012 in Newport by father and son Richard and Fleet Arterbury. Ocean Blue got its start doing volunteer beach cleanups in Oregon and opened a chapter in Bend one year ago, researching the Deschutes River that flows into the Columbia River, eventually emptying into our one world Ocean.
Sunriver Brewing quickly took the lead in the Ocean Blue Brewers for Beaches Initiative after Ocean Blue reached out at the beginning of this year. Brewers for Beaches seek out ways to care for our waterways that we rely on to drink and keep our beer tasting good.
Having grown up in Tillamook, Sunriver Brewing director, Ryan Duley, was excited to support Ocean Blue as the award-winning brewery’s main cause. What was so exciting about this partnership is not only were they willing to give a large cash donation in support of cleanup efforts, Sunriver Brewing also pays their employees to be involved in community cleanup events.
After hosting a Pint for Cause event last February, where a portion of the day’s sales were donated to Ocean Blue, Sunriver Brewing patrons became excited to get involved. One customer mentioned to a bartender, “For several years, I’ve wanted to come to an Ocean Blue beach cleanup, but it’s been hard to make it to a beach cleanup at the coast.” Overhearing this comment, Arterbury collaborated with Duley to bring a cleanup to the Bend community.
Ocean Blue also provides experiential service learning projects and internships for students of all levels. Sunriver Brewing is a key partner for providing educational opportunities. One volunteer, a local high school sophomore, is planning to attend college near home to study conservation biology. The student arrived at the cleanup with his father, a Sunriver Brewing employee, and appreciated being able to learn outdoors for a Fall river cleanup. Dad got paid to be there while his son was able to give back to his local watershed by cleaning up the Deschutes River.
What comes next for these dynamic partners? Join us on October 12th in Eugene, Oregon meeting at the Willamette River. For more information about upcoming beach and river cleanup events or how you can support Ocean Blue projects visit www.oceanblueproject.org or reach out to Karisa@oceanblueproject.org.
Willamette River Cleanup Event Details
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