Erycka de Jesus, the NYC Compost Project hosted by Big Reuse Outreach Coordinator, loves working with volunteers. In honor of National Volunteer Month, Erycka shares that love with all of us.
April is National Volunteer Appreciation Month and here at the NYC Compost Project hosted by Big Reuse we see first hand how volunteers make a big difference in our mission to divert waste, both organic and inorganic, from the landfills to instead be repurposed and recycled.
You might ask yourself, why should we be rescuing food scraps and salvageable material from the “garbage”. Well, “organic trash” — material that grew and was alive at some point, and now finds itself in your trash bag — when mixed in with inorganic materials in the landfill, produces methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. Greenhouse gases raise the temperature of the earth’s climate. (Here’s how it works. A great resource for kids and adults.) This is not a desirable thing. The delicate balance of the Earth’s homeostasis is directly dependent upon the temperature of our oceans.
The rise in temperature causes a whole gamut of effects that jeopardize all life on the place in the galaxy that we call home — the Earth.
If we continue to fill our land with perfectly salvageable material, we won’t have much space left to roam. We believe it’s important to help people connect with their inner sustainabilist, and when working with volunteers we are inspired by the millions of New Yorkers who care enough to give back
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
– Margaret Mead –
Oh volunteers, why do we love and appreciate thee sooo much! Here at Big Reuse we love our volunteers because they are us and we are them! More than half of our staff dedicate their free time to a cause or event that helps make our world a better place! Heck, the compost program here at Big Reuse was started by the efforts of Master Composters who volunteered their butts off to create what is now known as the NYC Compost Project hosted by Big Reuse!
So you see, volunteering can be as innate as brushing your teeth — and everyone should be doing both of those things! If you’re reading this and thinking “I really should have done something for Earth Day…” don’t fret! You can volunteer with us every week. Check out our website for a list of available programs. We believe that every day is an Earth day, and giving of our time is just price our soul pays to inhabit this planet.
Peace, Love, and Volunteer!