Great Lakes Credit Union Partners with Alliance for the Great Lakes to Spearhead Beach Cleanup in Waukegan

As part of its commitment to service in the communities in which it operates, Great Lakes Credit Union (GLCU) is joining forces with the Alliance for the Great Lakes in sponsoring a beach cleanup day at North Beach in Waukegan. The event, which is open to GLCU employees and members from the public, will be held on June 5, 2022, from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M., and aims to better the environment for those in the surrounding areas.

Waukegan is a significant place to spearhead environmental advocacy, as it has historically dealt with extensive pollution. Today, old factories, ranging from a closed asbestos manufacturing facility to an active gypsum factory, sit within minutes of the area's public beaches.

GLCU has been part of the Waukegan community for more than 18 years and finds it crucial to conserve the community many GLCU members and employees call home. The not-for-profit organization hopes its upcoming initiative can help push forward environmental justice for these families, starting with one of the area's popular summer destinations.

"We are looking forward to teaming up with the Alliance for the Great Lakes to help clean and preserve such an important public site, especially as the warmer weather brings on an uptick of beach-goers. Those in our communities deserve to have access to spaces where they can thrive and enjoy time with their families, and we hope this environmental initiative can help facilitate that at the North Beach lakefront," said Michelle Shelton, Chief Experience Officer at GLCU.

On the day of the initiative, GLCU team members will begin greeting volunteers from the credit union and the community at 9:30 A.M., and distribute free GLCU t-shirts to all participants. At 10 A.M., a representative from the Alliance for the Great Lakes will deliver a brief overview and instructions for the event, which will include data collection of the debris picked up.

All volunteers will be asked to bring gloves and will receive a bucket in which to dispose of the trash they remove from the beach. Registrants will also be given a data collection sheet so that they can record the items they've picked up. At the end of the event, participants will weigh the items collected, so GLCU and the alliance can track the measurable impact of the initiative. Members from community who would like to aid our efforts can sign up here.

About Great Lakes Credit Union

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