Support Alliance for a Living Ocean This Holiday Season

Nov 21, 2018

This winter, keep a few dates in mind to support local nonprofit Alliance for a Living Ocean, which, since 1987, has worked to protect the coast and its waters through education, research and volunteerism.

On Nov. 27 – Giving Tuesday – ALO will set up a Facebook fundraiser “in hopes of reaching a relatively modest goal of $3,000,” said Executive Director Kyle Gronostajski. “There will be a specific Facebook page that will be shared via our page, as well as other social media and our website,”

Check donations are also always accepted and appreciated, and can be mailed to: Alliance for a Living Ocean, P.O. Box 2250, Long Beach Township, N.J. 08008.

“We’re hoping to, at the very least, double our one-day total from 2017, about $1,500,” Gronostajski noted. “These funds go straight back into pursuing our mission of promoting and maintaining clean water and a healthy coastal environment.”

On Dec. 1, ALO will participate in the the 39th annual Ship Bottom Christmas Parade, from 1 to 5 p.m. According to Gronostajski, “Once again we’ll have a surrey-based float for this year’s parade, and we’re excited for the theme of ‘A Great White Christmas.’ We’ll be taking that literally, of course, and can’t wait to share our float.”

Also, the organization’s “2nd Saturday Cleanups” will continue all winter. “Our 2nd Saturday Cleanups are a new initiative based on a simple idea we’ve practiced since our inception,” Gronostajski explained. “Each second Saturday of every month we meet at a specific location in the LBI region and conduct a beach cleanup. We provide all the supplies needed, and the goal is to partner with local businesses to provide a fun day overall, whether that be with food, drinks or music afterwards.

“We’re looking forward to seeing what kind of impact we can make by picking up marine debris. All are welcome to join and should check our website and social media for specific times and locations.”

October’s cleanup tackled Cedar Bonnet/Bonnet Island, while November’s event focused on the grounds of the LBI Foundation of the Arts and Sciences. Next month’s cleanup will be held Dec. 8, with the location still to be determined.

Check out the Eco Events Calendar at for more information on the cleanups.

ALO is also on Facebook, at; Instagram, at; and Twitter, at —J.K.-H.

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