(RCTB), the local non-profit organization now in its 13th year that works to improve the quality of Barnegat Bay, is kicking off a new fundraising campaign. RCTB is asking the general public to help fund its mission, which is about educating, empowering and energizing people to make changes to their lifestyle to ensure the quality of the bay. Donations to RCTB’s 30-day Shellfish Champions Fundraising Campaign will help teach people how to improve water quality, strengthen the shellfish stock, and avoid activities that hurt the bay. The goal is to raise at least $10,000. Contributions can be made online at http://reclamthebay.org/donate/.
Donations up to $5,000 will be matched by contributions from the Marta Heflin Foundation, The Eiff Foundation, The George and Miriam Martin Foundation and the RCTB Board of Trustees.
RCTB reaches about 10,000 people each year. Its education sessions have two main goals: 1) to teach how the clams and oysters that we grow improve the quality of the bay, and 2) to raise awareness about how people can be proactive and make changes to their lifestyle to help the bay. RCTB provides activities for residents and vacationers of all ages, including hands-on participation at its 10 upweller locations situated around Barnegat Bay; presentations at local fairs and festivals; and participation at “Clam College,” RCTB’s Certified Shellfish Gardeners program.
Since 2005, RCTB volunteers have put approximately 14 million clams, 4.2 million individual oysters, and millions of oysters as spat on shell in Barnegat Bay with education from Rutgers Cooperative Extension (Barnegat Bay Shellfish Restoration Program). RCTB is more than just endeavoring to restock a decimated shellfish population; it’s working to improve their numbers and the water in which they live.
Throughout the Shellfish Champions fundraising campaign, RCTB will be highlighting stories and photos on Facebook and Twitter from its volunteers and donors describing why they support RCTB.
“We hope that the dedication of our family of volunteers and financial donors will resonate with people and inspire them to support us,” said Rick Bushnell, RCTB president. “We’re grateful to our organizational donors for recognizing the value of ReClam the Bay’s contributions to the environment with their matching donations.”
ReClam the Bay is a 501c3 organization dedicated to protecting and improving the quality of Barnegat Bay and its surrounding environment through education, awareness and action. Our volunteers grow and maintain millions of baby clams and oysters that filter, feed and clean our estuary to create a living shoreline. To find out more and get involved visit www.reclamthebay.org.