By: Caitlin Doran
On November 4, 600 people who care deeply about our lake and environment pulled on their boots and volunteered several hours at our lake-wide community cleanup, removing trash and debris from the shoreline of Lake Hopatcong. The result? An amazing 28,000 lbs. of trash and debris, including over 900 tires, are no longer polluting our lake!
The lake-wide cleanup is just one example of the many environmental and community initiatives the Lake Hopatcong Foundation undertakes with the support of donors and volunteers, and we rely on that support to sustain and grow these important initiatives!
In the spirit of cleaning up Lake Hopatcong, on Giving Tuesday, we launched our “Keep Lake Hopatcong Clean and Healthy” campaign. We have a goal of raising $56K – or, $2 for every pound of trash we removed at our lake-wide cleanup - and I am thrilled to report that, as of this writing, we are more than 30% of the way to our goal! Thank you to everyone who gave on Tuesday, as well as in the days before and since.
To capture the momentum of this campaign visually, we’ve brought back our giving board. With every donation we receive, we “clean up” a piece of trash and replace it with the donor’s name. As with the actual lake-wide cleanup, the results speak for themselves! When we come together, collectively, we make amazing strides towards a vibrant and healthy lake and community.
When you give to this campaign, your donation not only supports the lake-wide cleanup, it also bolsters other efforts like the creation of a biofiltration basin in Jefferson township; our Governor’s award-winning education program; expanded recreation along hiking and water trails; and advocacy around smart policies and more resources for our lake – to name just a few!
So, let’s keep the momentum going! Give today and join others who care on our giving board! Your gift makes a big difference to the environment and community on New Jersey’s largest lake, and for that, we say “Thank you so much!” And a special thank you goes out to those 600 people who spent their morning making our lake a whole lot cleaner.