group of volunteers on the lake after a cleanup removing trash on world ocean's day
World Ocean’s Day 2019 Cleanup & Paddle Event

The Surfrider Foundation is my community. It is local clubs and chapters; grass roots volunteers coming together for their community, creating a wave of change (pun intended). A movement felt far and wide. Individually we are powerful activists within our neighborhoods, collectively we are a global force to be reckoned with.

One of the definitions of Community is a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interested and goals. Throughout the world, communities come together in times of achievement and success, in times of sorrow and need. People from all walks of life, showing up and doing what it takes to help their neighbors, near and far. This is our chapter. Coming together for our city. We are residents that care; young and old, protecting our lakes, rivers and creeks.

For 35 years, the Surfrider Foundation has fought to protect and enjoy the world’s oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network. This has created 11,000 chapter leaders, 450,000 chapter meeting attendees, 1.8 MILLION volunteers giving over 3 MILLION volunteer hours. Some of these volunteer events were the 20,000 beach cleanups that together removed over 6 MILLION pounds of trash.

This is why I am extremely proud to be part of the Surfrider community and the Charlotte Chapter. Find yours today. Go to their next chapter meeting and find out how to get involved. Volunteer. Make a difference. Become a member today and be part of a growing movement. You don’t have to surf, you just have to care.