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My Town Grand Rapids South: Donations sought to build community earthbench
My Town Grand Rapids South: Donations sought to build community earthbench

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--  The Heart of West Michigan United Way is looking for donations to help volunteers build an earthbench for the community.

An earthbench is created by stuffing inorganic landfill trash into bottles until they become compressed like bricks.  Builders then use a mixture of clay, sand, straw and water to naturally cement the “bottle bricks” together into a bench form.  Regular cement and mortar can also be used.

In celebration of Global Youth Service Day and Earth Day, HWMUW is teaming up with local youth and volunteers from Eastown Community Association and the West Michigan AmeriCorps Collaborative to build an earthbench in the ECA’s community garden.  The project will also include improving the garden, planting flowers and picking up trash and debris.  Staff from Cherry Street Health Services will also come out to teach the youth about the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

But before an earthbench can be built, volunteers need materials.  They’re looking for the following items:

  • 1/2 yard of gravel
  • 20 sandbags
  • Landscape stones
  • Plaster materials
  • Cement mortar
  • Use of a cement mixer
  • Broken concrete pieces

If you’d like to donate, contact Katelyn Kovalik by emailing kkovalik@hwmuw.org or (616) 459-6281 ext. 669.