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You don't have to be a Fortune 500 company to adopt a creek. In fact, local colleges, homeowner associations, boy and girl scouts, elementary and high schools, non-profits, and families have taken the pledge to act as stewards for their community.

Below is a list of Adopt-A-Creek volunteers who are taking an active role to help preserve the health and beauty of local creeks.

For information about how your group can help, contact the Adopt-A-Creek program: Julie Abbatelli, (408) 724-1675.

Participating Adopt-A-Creek partners provide a great service by demonstrating their concern about their neighborhood and environment.

How's It Going?

Let us know about your experiences as an Adopt-A-Creek volunteer. Share it with us:

  • How often do you visit the creek?
  • What do you like best?
  • Do you have a funny story to tell about your cleanup day?
  • How can we make your next cleanup day better?

Whatever you have to say, we want to hear all about it.

You can contact Julie Abbatelli at (408) 724-1675.

Current Adopt-A-Creek Partners

Three Steps To Start

Getting started on your first cleanup is as easy as 1-2-3:

Step 1: Schedule your creek cleanup at least 10 working days prior to your start date. This will allow us make sure there is no maintenance work scheduled during your event. Make sure to notify all your group members well in advance of your creek cleanup day (we recommend 60 days). To schedule a creek cleanup, contact the Adopt-A-Creek program coordinator Julie Abbatelli, (408) 724-1675, or use our on-line form.

Step 2: If you need garbage bags, gloves, sunscreen lotion, insect repellent, or gate keys to access the creek site, notify the program coordinator when you schedule your creek cleanup. We furnish these items at no cost. Call the program coordinator before you pick up the supplies at our San Jose warehouse located at 5905 Winfield Boulevard, San Jose, California.

Please notify us whether or not you would like our maintenance personnel to pick up your collected debris after your creek cleanup event.

Step 3: Begin your cleanup event. Don't forget to have your permit with you at all times during the event!

Tips For Partners

The most important thing you can do to encourage people to volunteer for your cleanup day is to notify them before the event and update them with helpful information about the important role they are playing in helping to keep our creeks clean.

1. E-mail or direct mail an early notification (at least 60 days in advance) of the date and time of your next cleanup day.

2. Send a reminder for your cleanup day 30 days prior to the event. Include a RSVP so that you have an idea of the number of people who'll need gloves. Also include the time of the cleanup and directions to the creek area.

3. On the day of your event, arrive early to meet and greet your volunteers, provide them with the tools they need and give them a briefing on cleanup safety tips (see link at left).

4. Think about organizing a social event along with the cleanup day. This could be something as simple as getting together for pizza at a local restaurant or a picnic at a local park. Turning your cleanup day into a fun, social event will make the experience something that volunteers will want to repeat.

5. Encourage your members to invite their friends or family members to the cleanup day.

6. At the end your cleanup event, ask your members when they would like to schedule the next one. Ask which months and days work best for their schedule.

A well-organized and safe cleanup event ensures that your volunteers will have a good experience and want to clean a creek in the near future.