Getting involved in the Grand River Cleanup

Registration for the Grand River Cleanup – Presented by WMEAC, is open!


Every year hundreds of volunteers will gather to spend their morning removing trash from the banks of the Grand River and its tributaries. To make this special event a success, extra helpers are needed! There are many additional ways to get involved in the Ottawa County Grand River Cleanup. If you’re interested in doing more or contributing in a different capacity, check out these opportunities: Site Leaders What does a site leader do? Site leaders are absolutely crucial to each of our Grand River Cleanups. Their responsibilities:

  • Help volunteers navigate their cleanup site
  • Encourage and exercise safe behavior
  • Keep a headcount of volunteers
  • Be enthusiastic and positive!

How does a site leader get prepared? Being a site leader requires a little more responsibility than your standard cleanup volunteer, but it’s a great opportunity to help volunteers have a good experience and hone leadership skills. To make sure that you and your volunteers have the best possible experience, site leaders are asked to attend a training session to learn about the event and expectations.

What are the details of site leader training? Coming soon.

I am interested in being a site leader, but cannot attend training. What do I do? You can still participate! Contact Ondrea Spychalski,, 616-451-3051, ext 26 to organize an alternative training time.

Headquarters Team What does the headquarters team do? The registration team helps with a number of important logistics and interested folks can get involved in a number of different tasks:

  • Set-up, beginning at 7:00am
  • Registration and check-in
  • Shepherding and answering questions
  • Lunch set-up
  • Beer distribution and ID checking
  • Tear down

How does a headquarters team member get prepared? Interested volunteers will coordinate with Ondrea Spychalski,, to determine their roles and learn more details about the tasks.   To sign up or learn more, visit We hope to see you there!


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