I've blogged before about the good feelings that can come from volunteering.  Well you can experience some of those on Saturday at your choice of location.  The Fall Beach Sweeps organized by Clean Ocean Action are taking place at 60 sites all over New Jersey.  I'll post the list of Ocean County beaches below.

You don't have to register in advance, unless you're with a group; but you should come prepared.  According to the Clean Ocean Action website:

 

The cleanup can last for a few hours so it is important that participants are prepared for walking and being in the elements for an extended period of time. Volunteers should wear closed-toe shoes, dress for the weather, and bring gloves. It may also be useful to have a small drawstring bag or backpack along with items such as gloves, a reusable water bottle, snacks, sunscreen, bug spray, etc. to make the experience more enjoyable. Most importantly, don’t forget to bring your passion for the ocean and a positive attitude!

If you go, I'm sure you'll meet other nice people who, like you, love the Jersey Shore beaches.  You'll probably be disgusted when you find a bunch of cigarette butts, plastic straws, and other trash.  And then you'll realize how important it is to help Clean Ocean Action collect data and get the garbage out of the sand.

More details about what you can expect are at the FAQ page for the Beach Sweeps.  Now here's a list of where you can help out Saturday:

  • Bay Head - Beach House Classic Boardshop (517 Main Ave/Rt 35, Bay Head NJ 08742) Sponsored by ComcastCares
  • Brick -  Brick Beach 1 on Rt 35 N (300 Ocean Blvd. Mantoloking, NJ 08738)
  • Island Beach State Park - Bathing Pavilion #1 (Central Ave, Seaside Park, NJ 08752)
  • Lavallette - Philadelphia Avenue Beach (North of St. Pio Church, 1200 Grand Central Ave, Lavallette, NJ 08735)
  • Little Egg Harbor - Parkertown Docks (300 Dock St, Little Egg Harbor, NJ 08087)
  • Long Beach Island - Wally's Restaurant in Surf City (712 Long Beach Blvd, Surf City NJ 08008)
  • Pt. Pleasant -
    • End of Maxson Ave at River Rd (near Riverfront Park)
  • Pt. Pleasant Beach -
    • Jenkinson's Aquarium on the Boardwalk (300 Boardwalk, Pt Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742)  Sponsored by Jenkinson's Boardwalk and Aquarium, Jersey Central Power & Light and NuStar
    • Maryland Avenue Sponsored by Baine Contracting
  • Seaside Heights - Grant Avenue Boardwalk (just north of Jimbo's - 715 Boardwalk Seaside Heights, NJ 08751)
  • Seaside Park - 
    • 24th Ave Bayside Beach (S Bayview Ave & 24th Ave, Seaside Park, NJ 08752)
    • 2nd Ave Beach (2nd Ave & Boardwalk, Seaside Park NJ 08752)
    • Midway Beach (6th Lane, South Seaside Park, NJ)  This site has been cancelled. Please join the Beach Sweeps at any of our other locations!
    • Stockton Ave Beach (Stockton Ave & Boardwalk, Seaside Park NJ 08752)
  • Toms River -
    • Browns Woods Preserve (meet at Save Barnegat Bay Office: 117 Haines Road Toms River, NJ 08753)
    • Normandy Beach at 6th Ave
    • Ortley Beach at 3rd Ave (St. Elisabeth's Chapel - 5 3rd Ave, Seaside Heights, NJ 08751)

Click here for the COMPLETE list of locations, including many in Monmouth County.