Why Support Save Our Shores?
Thank you for considering a gift to Save Our Shores!
- To learn about Save Our Shores through the years, visit our History Page.
- See what members of the public are saying about Save Our Shores.
By becoming a Supporter of Save Our Shores in 2013, you will:
Reduce the amount of trash - especially single-use, disposable plastic trash - endangering the world's most diverse marine ecosystem:
- By organizing a minimum of 4 shoreline cleanups a month in Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Mateo counties.
- Each year, we prevent an average 35,000- 40,000 pounds of debris from washing into the ocean. Cleanups peak in September with the Annual Coastal Cleanup Day when over 6,000 volunteers clean 85 sites on land and in the waters of Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties.
- By advocating a Bring Your Own philosophy. Our goal is to decrease the amount of disposable plastic showing up at beaches in the first place by encouraging the use of re-useable bags, water bottles, utensils and coffee mugs.
- And by decreasing the amount of single-use plastic items available in the Monterey Bay region. SOS members are working in three counties and the cities within them to pass comprehensive single-use plastic bag bans.
Preserve the Marine Protected Areas located off the region's shoreline:
- By presenting to over 100 classrooms and community groups in 2012! Our fun and active presentations educate individuals about the Marine Protected Areas in and around Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, its borders, and how they affect its health and future.
- By working with recreational boaters at four regional harbors: Santa Cruz, Monterey, Moss Landing and Pillar Point.
The volunteers in our award-winning DockWalker Program educate boaters about the impacts of oil contamination, provide boaters with oil spill cleanup materials, and update boaters on the locations and rules of MPAs.
- And by educating a cadre of marine stewards. Both the youth Ocean Protectors program and the Sanctuary Stewards Program train youth and adults to become future advocates for the Monterey Bay. It's the most successful method for protecting the health of our ocean!
Keep our marine community informed of issues affecting the Monterey Bay and the world's oceans - by connecting with our Members through monthly e-bulletins, the SOS blog, and social media updates:
- By talking to hundreds of individuals who stop by an SOS booth at dozens of community events each year.
- And by hosting public round-tables and film screenings that focus on the health of the world's oceans.
Thank you for Saving Our Shores!
- Monthly Beach Cleanups
- Private & School Cleanups
- Adopt-a-Beach Cleanups
- Meet the Beach Adopters
- Earth Day
- July 4th & 5th
- Annual Coastal Cleanup Day
- Cleanup Calendar
Special Projects & Internships
- To Volunteer for Special Projects or inquire about Internships, email email@example.com