[I hope everyone will give this guest post a read and consider the question of how likely you would be to make a donation to this charity when you're going through the Costco check out line. This is a great charity helping to get the beaches up and down the East Coast clean. I also like that the clean-up workers on the boats are veterans. Plus, isn't it fun to think that we could all have a little part in sponsoring the Costco cleanup boat?]
I would like to get some feedback from Costco shoppers on collecting donations at the register for our non-profit before I approach their corporate staff. Every shopper has experienced a register collection at a retail facility.
As a result of 10 years of economic depression funding for waterway and beach clean-ups has been either drastically cut or totally eliminated in the federal, state, and local budgets. As a result of these severe cuts, the only beaches being cleaned are the main public beaches where voters frequent. The beaches being cleaned happen to be areas that wildlife avoids because of the number of humans occupying this area. The areas that wildlife has migrated to, use for breeding, and raising their young are not being cleaned. This results in an accumulation of trash that wildlife eats, becomes entangled in and is an aesthetic eyesore to what should be a pristine area.
Wounded Nature – Working Veterans is working to address this problem by utilizing houseboats to transport workers into these clean-up areas, encourage public involvement in clean-up efforts, and education through public appearances by the clean-up crews. Recently discharged veterans will be hired and utilized as crew members.
The houseboats will travel and clean areas along the entire east coast from Maine to Key West, FL. You can see the details of who we are and what we are doing at: www.woundednature.org.
If the money is collected at the Costco chain, it would be skinned and branded as our Costco boat. The boat would show Costco and non-Costco shoppers that the company supports a clean environment. The total cost for operating one of our boats is 1,4 million per year. That includes fuel, labor, insurance, etc.
Most companies like Costco have their advertising budget planned for the next 18 months. As a result, ad funds are not available and the only way to obtain funding for the vessel is if they can accomplish it without any out of pocket cost to themselves. That is where the customer comes in: Would you be willing to donate at the register if asked to fund a Costco environmental clean-up boat?
Please post your reply here on AddictedToCostco. If you want to contact me personally, my email address is below.