The Anacostia Watershed Society allowed me to give back to the planet by helping clean up a relatively large area encompassing open green spaces in the middle of a neighborhood. We all picked up trash such as empty wrappers, broken glass, plastic bottles, etc. in order to clean up the space as much as we could. Over 150 people attended in the period of three hours and collected multiple trash that we separated in order to recycle a good portion of the items we found. All in all, it was a great way to meet new people, especially young families, that cared enough to volunteer their time on a Saturday morning to help clean up.
For this community service opportunity, I was able to work with GWUNICEF and Casey Trees to participate in a community planting experience at Turkey Thicket near a recreational center. This experience taught me a lot about collaboration between individuals because each one of us in the group had a specific task to complete. We all had to contribute in digging holes that were big enough for the trees we were planting and positioning the plant took a lot of team effort and energy. As a result, having open communication with them allowed us to concentrate on our work more in order to plant as many trees as we possibly could in a short amount of time.