On Saturday, April 17th, the GEM Environmental staff took part in the 14th annual Granite Creek Cleanup organized by Prescott Creeks. During this event, Creeks all over the Prescott area were being cleaned by over five hundred community members. GEM was proud to be a part of such a wide spread event that brought so many community members together in a meaningful way.
Arriving at 7 AM, GEM’s team helped get the event set up. From placing sponsorship banners to helping set up tables with all of the materials people needed for the event, the ten GEM members on-site helped make this event a success. When people started lining up to collect their materials, GEM staff helped direct traffic, hand out materials in a safe contact-free way, and answered community member questions. Over the course of the day, GEM members interacted with over 80 group leaders collecting materials for the cleanup.
Brandon White, Program Manager of GEM Environmental, states, “GEM is growing so quickly that it can be difficult to have all the members of the team get together. This was a great event to have our new members from GEM Corps interact with both our AmeriCorps members and the behind-the-scenes staff that keeps GEM running.” Madison Link, the Program Coordinator of GEM Environmental, echoes those statements by saying, “It was great to see everyone from the different sections of GEM come together to help with this event. It is even cooler that this event is so prominent in Prescott and does so much good for the community itself!”
After the event, all volunteers were able to eat the delicious food provided by Nick’s Feed Your Face and Two Mamas’ Gourmet Pizzas! Nick has always been so gracious with helping provide food for GEM events and other community initiatives. He and his amazing subs are a true staple for the community!
While this event helped make great progress in our community, we are looking forward to more cleanup opportunities around Prescott and are excited for the 2022 Granite Greek Cleanup!