The Bexley Volunteer Organization is planning a second annual cleanup along Alum Creek from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 30.
"Last year, we picked up around 17 pounds of garbage in and around Alum Creek," said Evan Cook, a Bexley High School senior who co-founded the organization last summer. "We hope to pick up as much or even more this year."
Volunteers will meet in the parking lot at Wolfe Park, located at the intersection of Broad Street and Nelson Road, at 9 a.m. BVO will supply gloves and trash bags.
"We'll cover as much of the creek as we can," Cook said. "Last year, we had people in the creek, we had people along the creek. We had people along the bike path picking up any garbage. Volunteers came from Bexley High School and from the community. We're really interested in involving as many people as we can.
"I became interested in volunteering at an early age," he said. "It has been a passion of mine ever since."
The BVO connects volunteers with local programs and organizations that need helping hands to complete projects.
In addition to the Alum Creek cleanup, the BVO has participated in cleanups at the Bexley Community Garden and worked with the Bexley Public Library's book sales; the Bexley Recreation and Parks Department's summer food program to distribute items to residents in need; and Splish, Splash and Dash youth triathlon, among other community initiatives.
"We're always open to anyone who wants to volunteer," Cook said. "Contact us for any volunteer opportunities or ideas for activities that need volunteers."
For more information about the Alum Creek cleanup, visit Bexleyvolunteerorganization.org.