LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. — All are invited to come volunteer at Lake Cleanup Day at Lake Junaluska, Saturday, March 10. The lake drawdown, which began in January, resulted in lowered water levels ideal for picking up debris that has collected along the shorelines and the bottom of the lake.
The Junaluskans, working in conjunction with Lake Junaluska staff, organized the event. The Junaluskans are a volunteer organization of Junaluska residents and other persons who love Lake Junaluska. The group will provide coffee and snacks for participants, as well as supplies such as garbage bags, litter sticks and gloves.
During the last Lake Cleanup Day, volunteers removed seven tons of trash. Ken Zulla, a member of the Junaluskans and a resident of Lake Junaluska, has helped organize this event since 2001. He said people from the surrounding communities, especially those who walk at the lake, enjoy having the chance to give back.
“It gives families the opportunity to help educate their children on the value of taking care of our environment, and, personally, I enjoy the spirit of community and friendship during the cleanup,” Zulla said. “I like counting those orange bags at the end of the day and seeing the job accomplished by so many people working together.”
Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own equipment where possible. All ages are welcome to be part of the cleanup, but an adult chaperones should accompany youth. The cleanup starts at 9 a.m. and volunteers will gather at 8:30 a.m. on the front porch of the Kern Center to get organized. The event is expected to wrap up by noon. All work will be done outside, so volunteers should dress accordingly for the weather and for potentially muddy conditions in the lake.
Lake Junaluska is a place of Christian hospitality where lives are transformed through renewal of soul, mind and body. For more information about Lake Junaluska programs and events, visit www.lakejunaluska.com.