Saying a huge thank you this #VolunteersWeek

Date posted: 5 June 2020

Volunteers

Our volunteers are amazing and their support and contribution to MCS is invaluable. Without their commitment and enthusiasm, we simply wouldn’t be able to do what we do

Justine Millard,
Head of Volunteer and Community Engagement

Borne from a group of volunteers passionate about the health of our ocean thirty years ago, we’ve always been champions of volunteers. We’re so proud to be joined by tens of thousands of volunteers each year who continue working to protect our ocean for future generations, so we wanted to take this week, Volunteers Week, to say a huge thank you.

Volunteers Week 2020 is an opportunity for us to look back on our humble beginnings and say a massive thank you to all of you who give up your time to clean beaches, survey the seas and raise awareness of the plights facing our ocean throughout the year. By joining forces with Volunteers Week 2020, we are aiming to increase the visibility of the vital efforts that all volunteers have made this year, and every year, on our behalf.

Though the lockdown has meant that much of our work has been temporarily put on hold as we retreated inside, it’s heartwarming to see so many of you volunteering your time to do what you can to help our ocean from your homes.

Lizzie Prior, Beachwatch Officer: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to the volunteers who have put in so much time in helping to crunch all of the Beachwatch data we’ve accumulated over the last 27 years, meaning we now have a really clear picture of the state of our seas and how beach pollution has changed over time. Whilst our volunteers who head to the beaches to collect data no matter the weather are crucial to our efforts, having volunteers helping us from home has been an invaluable help.”

There are so many ways to get involved with our work and volunteer, whether you live by the sea or far from it. Whilst Beachwatch volunteers comb the shores, clearing the beaches of pollution and collecting valuable data, Seasearchers take to the seas and survey what’s happening underwater, our Sea Champions spread the MCS word and share information and insights on our seas with the public. A huge thank you to all of you, we couldn’t do it without you!

Justine Millard, Head of Volunteer and Community Engagement: “Our volunteers are amazing and their support and contribution to MCS is invaluable. Without their commitment and enthusiasm, we simply wouldn’t be able to do what we do. We know that many are volunteering to support the consequences of COVID-19; this might be through organised volunteering or by stepping up informally to support their community. For others, it’s a challenging time as they are unable to volunteer in their much loved roles. Whether our volunteers are still active or currently taking a break we want to take this opportunity, during Volunteers Week, to send a big shout out and say thank you!”

Not a volunteer but want to find out how to get involved? Check out the options for volunteering here.

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