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Non-profit volunteers at NOAA

ALPENA, Mich. — Traveling volunteers lent a hand to Alpena’s Marine Sanctuary on Monday.

As part of its “30 Days of Giving” tour, the non–profit “Michigan Cares for Tourism” took care of several heavy–duty tasks on the sanctuary campus. Some volunteers gave the diving tank a fresh coat of blue paint, while others landscaped and planted a brand–new garden.

But some of the most important work happened at the edge of the campus, where volunteers cleared out the overgrowth near the fence.

Organizer Patty Janes said the cause brings people together from across Michigan.

“We have people from Metro Detroit, from the Grand Rapids region, from Petoskey, from Lansing. From all over the state.”

One member of the Friends of Thunder Bay Marine Sanctuary said she’s very grateful for the help.

“We’ve got people scrubbing down the buoys, which is a huge project. Having those cleaned, restored, and ready for next year is great. It’s amazing how hard these volunteers are working.”

Wolf said she especially appreciates the brush clearing because it makes the space more open for the upcoming basketball court.