Dirty Needles: Are You Willing to Pick Them Up?
It is a dirty job but someone has to do it. And today from 10 to noon, the Humboldt Area Center for Harm Reduction (HACHR), a local non profit, will once again be cleaning up needles. “We…are excited to announce our second outing into Eureka’s Cooper Gulch on Friday, Aug. 14th,” wrote Michelle Ellis who works with the group. “We will be continuing our needle clean-up work. We underestimated the area that needed to be covered last time. We are once again extending an invitation to the community to volunteer with us or to bring us your suggestions/ concerns. ”
Ellis explained that all a person needs to volunteer is “closed toed shoes and gloves.’ Mostly, she said, new volunteers would not be handling needles. “Current HACHR volunteers will be handling needles tomorrow but there is plenty of other stuff to dispose of,” she said.
Can’t help tomorrow? Ellis says, that’s not a problem. “We will have volunteer applications available for future volunteer work. We will be doing regular (probably weekly) cleanup throughout the county. We could also always use volunteers for our Monday tabling sessions at the St. Vincent De Paul where we distribute hygiene supplies and educational materials.”
The group also wants suggestions for future clean up sites and for other areas of concern that the group could address. “We really want to hear from Southern Humboldt! What can we do to help? What are your concerns for your community? said Ellis.
Contact HACHR via their Facebook.