Amid the disheartening eyesores on our island – whether they’re illegally dumped trash or a graffiti-marred landmark – we’re also heartened by the endless stream of volunteers who give up their time, usually on weekends, to help clean up after those who don’t care.

In recent weeks, there have been various efforts to help clean the island of endless trash on land and in the ocean.

We might not know everyone’s efforts but those who have carved out some of their personal time to be a good neighbor and a good resident of Guam need to be recognized for being good examples and not feeling discouraged to the point of inaction.

Among those we’re thankful for are the cleanup efforts of the members of the Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25. Our community normally knows the Navy's HSC-25 sailors as among the first responders for when someone is swept out to sea or gets stranded on a hike. Recently, an HSC-25 team went underwater, picking up trash on the seabed off the coast of Agat. They picked up beer cans and beer bottles and metal junk. The ocean is cleaner, thanks to their efforts.

On April 27, on a Saturday, Sen. Telena Nelson was joined by more than 30 volunteers from our community, including members of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard at Lencho Park in Dededo. They picked up trash and repainted the playground and benches. The face-lift of the community park received the support from the Dededo Mayor's Office and GTA. GTA Teleguam donated paint and related materials, which were used to touch up playground facilities. The Dededo Mayor's Office offered cleanup tools and took care of disposing of the group's trailerload of collected trash.

Also, two Saturdays ago, civic groups from the Federated States of Micronesia, with the support of the Dededo Mayor’s Office, picked up massive amounts of trash along the Okkodo pipeline from Artero Drive to Chalan Kareta in Dededo.

Among the groups that participated were the Chuuk Association of Guam, the FSM Association of Guam, Foneni Achocho Sensu, the Weno Association of Guam, ECC Association of Guam, the University of Guam Chuukese Student Association, and the Iron Wood Kids.

FSM Consul General Theresa Filipin, along with FSM Association of Guam President Cassanova Nakamura, joined in the cleanup with Sen. Clynt Ridgell and his staff, who organized the FSM organizations' efforts with the support of the Dededo Mayor’s Office.

This isn’t an exhaustive list of recent cleanup efforts our community’s volunteers.

We appreciate you, volunteers. Thank you for showing there are people on the island who don’t stop helping to make a difference.

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