The group is planning to collect waste, deceased animals, rotting food, and other trash. The group is welcomed by Seattle Parks & Recreation for their service, but it is not how the We Heart Seattle organization started.
We Heart Seattle was formed by Andrea Suarez, a Belltown resident that cared about local parks and their beauty. Over time, the group has evolved into 20-30 weekly volunteers that clean up one park a week in the area.
The organization also works with homeless individuals in encampments and communities, helping them through transitional housing, drug rehabilitation, and resource accessibility.
So far, We Heart Seattle has done 20 litter pickups/cleanups and has helped over 20 people find short-term housing.
Next up is the Carkeek Park cleanup on Saturday followed by their Valentine’s Day Litter Pick Up.
While the Carkeek Park cleanup will be done mainly by We Heart Seattle’s volunteer group members and some RSVP volunteers, the organization is hoping to have more people join in on the Valentine’s Day Litter Pick Up.
The Valentines Day Litter Pick Up will be the group’s most widespread event yet, with 5-10 selected parks being cleaned. If you are interested in volunteering for the cleanup, please visit We Heart Seattle’s event page here and select which area you are wanting to volunteer in.
If you’re interested in RSVPing for Carkeek Park’s cleanup on Saturday, February 6th, visit here and read the volunteer guidelines listed for the pick up.
Photo: Carkeek Park