How You Can Show Save The Bay Some Love on #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday Volunteering Save The Bay Restoraion Volunteers Habitat
Volunteering with Save The Bay is one of the many amazing ways you can give back on #GivingTuesday! Photo by Adrienne Warmsley

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday. This formidable trio of dates are all about buying, buying, buying. But what about giving back? This year, Save The Bay is joining #GivingTuesday, a nationwide social media movement especially for nonprofits and other charitable organizations to mobilize their online communities into giving back.

Save The Bay offers three easy ways for our beloved community to get in on the #GivingTuesday action. So, in the generous and grateful spirit of the holiday season, read on and choose how you can show Save The Bay some love:

Volunteer!

Save The Bay thrives on its volunteers. From November 2013 to November 2014, 5,748 volunteers logged 18,821 hours, put 21,393 plants in the ground, removed 34,558 invasive plant species, and collected 6,815 pounds of trash! How amazing is that? And the Bay is getting healthier and stronger because of all your hard work. #GivingTuesday is the perfect time to gather your friends, family, or organization together and pledge to get outside, have a blast, and lend Save The Bay a hand. We have public restoration programs every Saturday! Sign up to volunteer today.

Donate!

This #GivingTuesday, become a Bay Sustainer. Bay Sustainers are a special group of Save The Bay members who offer regular monthly gifts to support our critical work to protect and restore San Francisco Bay. With your regular monthly gifts we can build a reliable foundation that helps us plan for the future – while saving the expense of renewal notices. Plus, Bay Sustainers receive an awesome, super-soft Save The Bay t-shirt, designed in collaboration with Oaklandish, in return for your commitment to us. Click here so you can start bragging to your friends about your Bay Sustainer status today.

Take Action!

Here at Save The Bay, we’re experts at telling lawmakers what we’re passionate about and why. We depend on people like you to send a strong message to decision makers about what matters to Bay Area residents. Right now, we’re calling on cities throughout the Bay Area to stop cigarette butt litter — one of the worst pollution problems facing the Bay — at its source by adopting and enforcing outdoor smoking bans that keep cigarette butts out of our Bay waters. Sign on to express your concern for cigarette butt litter and the effect it has on public health and the health of our Bay.

Join us on #GivingTuesday by showing how much you care for San Francisco Bay. Volunteer, donate, take action, tag Save The Bay on Facebook or Tweet at us and tell the world about why you’re thankful for our gorgeous Bay, using hashtags #GivingTuesday and #sfbaylove. With your help on social media and in the field on #GivingTuesday and beyond, San Francisco Bay’s flora, fauna, and rippling waters will become even more glorious than they already are.

Three Unique Ways to Get Involved with Save The Bay

Annies volunteering with Save The Bay
A group from Annie’s Homegrown comes to volunteer with us at our MLK Shoreline site.

We are all aware that saving our Bay takes precious time and resources to ensure that the next generation will be able to enjoy the beauty and lifestyle that we have come to love. We are also probably equally aware that volunteering and financially supporting Save The Bay are vital ways to get involved with the organization and to support the Bay. I want to take a moment to tell you about three unique ways you can also get involved with Save The Bay—they are less obvious than volunteering and donating, but are just as important and meaningful.

1. Take Action.

Help eliminate toxic tobacco litter from entering our Bay and polluting our water, harming wildlife, and costing taxpayers millions to clean up.

Sign the petition today to call on your city to pass an outdoor smoking ban that would stop cigarette butt litter at its source.

2. Tell your neighbor.

The work to continue to protect and restore San Francisco Bay is ongoing, and the more people we have in our community working together, the greater chance we have of making a real impact. Talk with your neighbor about the importance of Bay wetlands and pollution prevention, and share ways that they can contribute.

Follow us on Facebook or Twitter for updates to share with your friends, family and colleagues.

3. Become an advocate for us at work.

Whether you are a part of a small or large office, being an advocate for Save The Bay at your place of employment, not only educates others about the importance of saving the Bay, but also allows for our network of communities to grow and ban together. You may be able to leverage matching gifts or company grants to protect and restore the Bay.

Learn more about our Corporate Bay Savers Program.

These are just a few of the ways to get involved with Save The Bay. Please know that the Bay and everyone here appreciate all of the little things that each of you do for our environment! If you have a unique way that you help out the Bay already, let us know in the comments section. Thank you to all of you who continue to make the Bay Area a special and sustainable place to live!