Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification

Tybee Clean Beach Volunteers

Cleaning up Tybee one bucket at a time

aka Fight Dirty Tybee

Tybee Island, GA

Mission

Tybee Clean Beach Volunteers is made up of a network of like-minded people that take direct action to remove litter from the beaches and tidal marshes of Tybee Island, Georgia. Every week we band together and 'deep clean' a stretch of beach, usually for an hour and covering two beach entrances (city blocks) at a time. We rotate our cleanings around the island, targeting problematic areas most often, but also not neglecting the less populated areas. Our hope is that, over time, the number of volunteers and city employees cleaning up the beach will vastly exceed those that carelessly leave their trash behind. We also advocate for people and businesses to reduce or eliminate consumption or distribution of single-use plastics as a means of preventing marine debris.

Ruling Year

2016

President

Timothy Arnold

Main Address

PO Box 602

Tybee Island, GA 31328 USA

Keywords

Litter removal and education

EIN

47-5359024

 Number

3619776241

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Environmental Beautification (C50)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Despite the increased efforts of volunteers to remove litter from the beach before it harms marine life, the volume of trash in and around the beach and salt marsh in coastal Georgia continues to grow, likely a reflection of the explosive growth in single-use plastics. Virtually all of the litter we remove is comprised of cigarette butts and plastics such as straws, bottle caps, styrofoam, beach toys, and plastic bags. This plastic litter leaches toxins and degrades into small fragments that, if not removed, are consumed by marine life, often with fatal consequences.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Beach Clean Ups

Where we work

Our Results

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Number of participants engaged in programs

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Beach Clean Ups

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Our key metric of number of participants indicates the success of our outreach programs designed to attract individuals and groups to engage directly in beach and marsh clean up activities

Number of people on the organization's email list

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Beach Clean Ups

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

A key component of outreach involves growth in the number of people that request to be notified of our clean ups

number and diversity of group events, especially involving schools

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Beach Clean Ups

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

We seek to actively engage business, community, and school groups in our activities, which include an educational component on the negative effects of marine debris and strategies to combat it

Charting Impact

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

First and formost, we seek to remove litter from in and around the island’s waterways as a means of preventing harm to marine life. We seek to directly engage the public in clean-up activities on a weekly basis as both a means of removing litter from harm’s way and educating participants on the need to reduce the consumption of single-use plastics in their daily life.

Using social media, community events, and email lists, we invite volunteers to attend beach clean ups, trash-to-art projects, and other activities aimed at reducing litter. We also host university, school, church, and business group clean up events as a means of raising awareness and enlarging our impact through large-scale group efforts.

We have a network of core volunteers that assist in set up and break down logistics and transport equipment to clean up sites in a branded cargo van. We manage several social media sites and an expansive email list for promoting our events as well as advocating for litter reduction.

We measure our success by the growth in participants at our events and the number of people signing up for our communications. We also assess whether our efforts are having a measurable impact on the volume of litter on the beach.

In the past two years, Tybee Clean Beach has hosted 145 clean up events involving over 5,400 participants. While many of our volunteers are locals, an equal number come from broader Chatham County as well as visitors to the island from all over the USA that seek to give back to a place that they love. We have also participated in numerous community events, art projects, lectures, and special events designed to increase awareness and engagement in the fight against marine debris, particularly throw-away plastics. Our network and impact continues to grow as we seek innovative ways of engaging City authorities, island residents, and visitors in combating the prevalence of litter in and around the beach and in the world’s oceans.

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Tybee Clean Beach Volunteers

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

No

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No