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NWP Global Registry of Apprentice Ecologists - Protection of Darby Creek, Ohio, USA

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Protection of Darby Creek, Ohio, USA
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Registered: November 2008
City/Town/Province: Hilliard
Posts: 1
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I am working on a project here in Ohio to save the Big Darby Creek from potential pollution generated by a Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) and this has opened my eyes to the importance of stewardship towards the land. I want to move into a career that allows me to serve the environment and find a way to provide for safe, clean food and energy while protecting our water and air. The picture that is attached is the creek at a high point during one of the spring floods.
One important aspect of savings the Big Darby was the need for large sums of money to fight the CAFO. I am not a strong leader so helping on the fundraiser and letter mailing campaign really opened my eyes as to how to go about fundraising and organizing people. My parents and their friends were in charge of a fundraiser this spring to raise funds used to fight the CAFO farm. I had several roles in the fundraiser. I assisted in organizing all of the silent auction items as we collected them and then as we set them up during the event. I coordinated the t-shirt design and ordering with the vendor we used. I printed out food and activity tickets and collected all of the supplies for the event. I helped to set up the facility the day of the event. I organized the teens in selling tickets at the main entrance. Over 500 people attended the event. Once the event was over I counted all of the proceeds and totaled up the checks for deposit. We raised over $16,000 from the event. This money will be used to fight the farm. We have built a website that supports what we are doing. You can find it at
This event has opened my eyes to the importance of volunteerism. I learned that in order to raise funds for a cause there are many major organizational aspects to events. The importance of keeping good project plans is the key to getting tasks completed.
Date: November 24, 2008 Views: 3684 File size: 76.9kb, 342.8kb : 1499 x 997
Hours Volunteered: 600
Volunteers: 50
Authors Age & Age Range of Volunteers: 8 to 70
Area Restored for Native Wildlife (hectares): 1000
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