As part of its commitment to serve the communities in which it operates, the Great Lakes Credit Union (GLCU) is partnering with the Great Lakes Alliance by sponsoring a Beach Cleanup Day at North Beach in Waukegan. The event, open to GLCU employees and members of the public, will be held on June 5, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and aims to improve the environment for people in the surrounding area.
Waukegan is an important place to conduct environmental advocacy, as it has historically faced significant pollution. Today, former factories, ranging from a closed asbestos manufacturing plant to an active gypsum factory, lie within minutes of the area’s public beaches.
GLCU has been part of the Waukegan community for over 18 years and finds it crucial to maintain the community that many GLCU members and employees call home. The nonprofit hopes its next initiative can help advance environmental justice for these families, starting at one of the area’s popular summer destinations.
“We look forward to partnering with the Great Lakes Alliance to help clean up and preserve such an important public site, especially as warmer weather brings an increase in beachgoers. People in our communities deserve access to spaces where they can thrive and spend time with their families, and we hope this environmental initiative can help facilitate that at North Beach Lake,” said Michelle Shelton, Director of experience at GLCU.
On the day of the initiative, GLCU team members will begin welcoming credit union and community volunteers at 9:30 a.m. and distribute free GLCU t-shirts to all attendees. At 10 a.m., a representative from the Great Lakes Alliance will provide a brief overview and instructions for the event, which will include collecting data on the debris picked up.
All volunteers will be asked to bring gloves and will be given a bucket to put the trash they remove from the beach into. Registrants will also receive a data collection sheet so they can record the items they have picked up. At the end of the event, participants will weigh the items collected, so that GLCU and the alliance can track the measurable impact of the initiative. Community members who wish to help us in our efforts can register here.
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Founded in 1938 and based in Northern Illinois, GLCU is committed to empowering you financially. As a nonprofit financial cooperative with over $1 billion in assets, GLCU is proud to serve more than 80,000 members in Chicagoland and surrounding areas. Learn more about GLCU’s accounts, educational initiatives, and community development programs at glcu.org