HandsOn Broward, in collaboration with Youth Environmental Alliance, has received a grant of $58,000 from the Community Foundation of Broward to implement Project ROC!, a coastal reclamation and education program. This grant was made possible by support from the following Community Foundation of Broward Funds: Captain Blair Albert Fund, Joseph P. and Patricia A. Moore Fund, Everett H. Metcalf, Jr. Unrestricted Fund, Steven Halmos Family Fund, and Mary N. Porter Community Impact Fund.
 
HandsOn Broward and Youth Environmental Alliance will use the grant to address environmental stewardship and habitat protection by engaging, educating, and activating 1,000 youth and adults to help reclaim and restore Broward County’s eroding coastline. Participants will be educated on the importance of natural ecosytems and will clean up beaches, remove invasive plants, and install native plants that discourage beach erosion while providing habitat for sea turtle nesting, food for pollinators, and way-stations for migratory birds at eight sites located throughout Broward County. Participants also will have the opportunity to train as Project Leaders who will mobilize volunteers at each site.
 
This dynamic partnership combines Youth Environmental Alliance’s extensive coastal restoration knowledge and experience with HandsOn Broward’s proven volunteer mobilization, leadership training, and grant administration expertise. To further communicate the importance of environmental stewardship, HandsOn Broward and Youth Environmental Alliance also has partnered with Young At Art and the South Florida Audubon Society. Young At Art volunteers will participate in a beach cleanup and use the collected trash to create an educational art project to be displayed at the museum. The South Florida Audubon Society will educate and advocate for the project to help facilitate restoration implementation in local municipalities.

To learn more about Project ROC! or to register as a volunteer or a Project ROC! Leader, CLICK HERE for upcoming occurrences or contact Dianne Perret at 954-233-1300 or dianne@handsonbroward.org.