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Stream Clean Up: March 10 – ON YOUR OWN

Posted in on your own on February 19, 2012 by carpefuturum

Join Carpe Futurum, the DADA Meetup and the Arlington Fairfax Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America for a clean up at Bull Run Stream.

Date: March 10
Time: 9am – noon
Location: Route 28 Access Point Parking Lot next to 7122 Centreville Rd, Centreville,VA 20121

There will be a short safety briefing and the group will be split into crews tasked with cleaning a particular section of stream. Trash bags, gloves and other equipment will then be distributed.

Crews will walk to their designated section which may be up to a mile downstream or upstream from the parking lot. At the assigned starting point, Volunteers will bag trash as they work their way back to the parking lot. Everyone should return to the parking lot at least by 11:45 where we will have a short debriefing.

Participants should dress for the weather conditions as this event will be held rain or shine. Participants may also wish to bring their own water although their will be some drinking water available.

Should be a fun way to welcome spring and help out the environment. Please RSVP here or on the Meetup page for this event!

UPDATE: This event has been changed to “on your own” status. The Izaak Walton League will still be holding the event, but it is no longer a Carpe Futurum group activity due to schedule conflicts. If you do go, have fun!


Opportunity: Toys for Tots

Posted in on your own on December 17, 2011 by carpefuturum

Looking for another easy way to give to your community on your own? Toys for Tots is a project of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Its goal is to collect and distribute brand new toys to children who wouldn’t otherwise receive toys for the holidays. They will take any new, unwrapped toys (as well as donations, of course). If you still have some gift shopping to do, you might consider buying a toy to donate!

Most Toys for Tots drop-off bins are still accepting donations through the weekend and until roughly 12/22 (some locations stop accepting donations earlier).

Find a drop-off spot near you:
Northern VA:
Other locations:

Kate donated a few toys at her local Giant Food store this week (most of the stores–if not all–have bins still). A My Little Pony and a snuggly puppy stuffed animal should make the holidays better for some kids somewhere!

Opportunity: Send Messages to Doctors Without Borders Aid Workers

Posted in on your own on October 26, 2011 by carpefuturum

From time to time, Carpe Futurum plans on posting volunteer opportunities–things you can do or get involved with on your own.

Doctors Without Borders Logo

What: Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres) is collecting messages to send to their aid workers in the field during the holiday season.
Where: Online
How: Visit this page:
Write your own message of support and encouragement, wishing them happy holidays, or thanking them for their commitment to saving lives.
Deadline: November 19