Ford Joins Heal The Bay Enviro Group

heal-the-bayHeal The Bay Revs Up Summer Beach Cleanups; 'Nothin' But Sand' volunteers to earn good karma, chance to win a new Ford

SANTA MONICA, CA (Monday, May 16, 2011) — Summer's here and the time is right for volunteers to help clean up Los Angeles County beaches … and possibly win a brand-new eco-friendly vehicle.

Regional environmental group Heal the Bay has teamed with Ford Motor Co. to seek volunteers for a summer-long series of Nothin' but Sand cleanup events, kicking off Saturday, May 21 at Dockweiler State Beach.

Volunteers who take part in the "Drive One 4UR Beach" campaign by collecting debris and test driving a Ford vehicle on site will earn a $50 donation from Ford to support Heal the Bay beach cleanup programs. They are also eligible to win the key to a new, eco-friendly Ford vehicle at Coastal Cleanup Day on September 17.

Following the Dockweiler event, the Heal the Bay-Ford cleanup campaign shifts to Will Rogers State Beach (June 18 and August 20) and Playa Del Rey (July 16). At each cleanup, one lucky volunteer will win a "virtual" key that could potentially start the winning vehicle at the final Coastal Cleanup Day event.

Volunteers can come to all the Nothin' But Sand Cleanups this summer and take a test drive to increase their odds of winning.

To register and find more details about the Ford cleanup events, please visit

"Cleanups are a great way to take direct action to improve the health of our local environment," said Meredith McCarthy, Heal the Bay's programs director. "Volunteers can leave with a good feeling about the ocean, not to mention a good chance to win a new car."

Important details:
-Test drives start at 9 a.m.; cleanups will begin at 10 a.m.
-Volunteers must be 12 years old or accompanied by a parent.
-Test drivers must be 18 years old with a valid driver's license. Please bring your valid driver's license with you to the beach clean ups.
-Bags and gloves will be provided. However, to help cut down on the number of bags Heal the Bay uses for our cleanups, please bring a bucket or bag from home.
-Heal the Bay seeks volunteers of all ages and physical abilities. No special equipment or experience is necessary. Site captains will organize a diverse mix of individuals, families, neighborhoods, community groups, schools, faith-based groups, sports teams and businesses.

By removing debris from beaches, cleanup participants reduce blight, protect marine animals and bolster the regional economy. In 20 years of beach and inland cleanups, Heal the Bay volunteers have collected more than 1 million pounds of trash – the equivalent of a fully loaded 747 jumbo jet.

About Heal the Bay
Heal the Bay is a nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to making Southern California coastal waters and watersheds, including Santa Monica Bay, safe, healthy and clean.

Contact: Matthew King, Heal the Bay, (310) 451-1500, x 137