The purpose of Community Green, in its most basic form, is to make positive contributions towards local and community conservation issues. Although we place great emphasis on preserving our local resources, we believe that as a community we must direct our attention to the environmental disaster that is taking place in the Gulf Region of our country due to the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.
As part of the Community Green mission we must, as a community, assist in taking the necessary steps to preserve and protect the natural resources we have for future generations. It is safe to say that we all desire to assist in the clean-up and preservation of the Gulf waters and coast line, but many of us are uncertain as to what we can do to help now.
Currently, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) is conducting a Natural Resource Damage Assessment so that they can formulate a Restoration Program. The goal of such restoration programs is to restore natural resources injured as a result of hazardous substances released into the environment. Every action the Restoration Program takes is done with the goal of restoring injured natural resources. Please visit the Restoration Program's Web site http://restoration.doi.gov
to find out more about the DOI’s Restoration Program.
There are no immediate opportunities for individuals to assist in the clean-up effort as BP and federal agencies must manage all containment and cleanup efforts. We look forward to coordinating volunteer efforts and fund drives with our Community Green Resource Partners in the near future, however, please check back on this website for updates.
In the meantime, the Better Business Bureau of the United States has compiled a list charitable organizations that address the oil spill. This list only includes charities that meet the BBB Wise Giving Alliance’s Standards for Charity Accountability (http://www.bbb.org/us/charity/
It is important to note that the Alliance does not rank charities. This information has been compiled to assist donors in making informed judgments about charities soliciting their support. For further information on the BBB’s Wise Giving Alliance Standards for Charity Accountability, please visit their website at http://www.bbb.org/us/Charity-Standards/
Click on any of these charitable organizations to access a BBB charity report as well as a link to the organization’s website.
At WNCF/Community Green, we are keenly aware that the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill has a far reaching impact not just on the environment but also for the residents of the gulf region, the local economies of the gulf region, and certainly not least the loss of human life. WNCF invites you to join Community Green in wishing the residents of the Gulf Coast Region well in their current struggle. We look forward to being a part of the recovery effort.