It’s Our Fox River Day – Frequently Asked Questions

Who participates in It’s Our Fox River Day Cleanups?
Volunteers including families, service organizations, school groups, corporate teams, community organizations, and individuals like you.

How long will I be volunteering? 
It depends on where you volunteer. Clean ups are conducted by local organizers. Once you register for a cleanup location, the local organizer will contact you with the details of that site’s event. While we ask all cleanup volunteers to arrive at you event on time, you may leave early if necessary. Please check out with your team leader or the local organizer if you do.

It’s Our Fox River Day Cleanups are usually scheduled from 9 a.m. – noon but the cleanup in your community may schedule a different time.

When can I sign up for a It’s Our Fox River Day cleanup?
Registration for our 2020 It’s Our Fox River Day events opens on June 1, 2020.

How do I sign up for a It’s Our Fox River Day Cleanup?
Register for a It’s Our Fox River Day using the Volunteer Registration Form at the bottom of the It’s Our Fox River Day webpage. All currently scheduled events are listed there.

What is the minimum age for volunteers?
We welcome parents and children who volunteer together provided there is one adult supervising each child under ten. Parents with younger children who want community service to be a part of their family life are encouraged to bring younger children. But we cannot register or insure children under the age of six.

What will volunteers be doing that day? 
During normal times, when you arrive at the registration location you’ll check in and sign a waiver. Coffee and snacks may be available. At the scheduled cleanup time your site’s organizer will welcome and organize volunteers into teams. You’ll get tools, gloves and trash bags. After a brief safety talk cleanup teams will go to their assigned area or stretch of riverbank and pick up trash and litter. At the end of the cleanup you’ll return to the registration area and check out. At most sites a picnic lunch and community river celebration will follow.

However, during the pandemic, we encourage local organizers, groups and individuals to conduct cleanups and celebrations to:

  • communicate important event information to volunteers by email prior to the event
  • not require on-site check in or registration
  • extend the hours of the event to facilitate social distancing
  • not require volunteers to gather before or after the event

Rather than gathering at your cleanup site for a large group photo, we encourage volunteers to photo document your trash collection and unusual finds. Send your It’s Our Fox River Day photos to info@friendsofthefoxriver.org and we’ll share them on our Facebook and other social media pages.

What happens if it rains? 
It’s Our Fox River Day cleanups will run rain or shine. Dress appropriately for the weather. In the event of thunder and lightning, sites will shut down for as long as necessary. If severe weather is forecast and any event changes are necessary you’ll be notified by email by 6 pm on the Friday before the cleanup.

What should I bring to a It’s Our Fox River Day Cleanup?
Plan to bring the things you think are necessary for working outside in natural areas. Bring sufficient personal protective items such as masks, gloves and hand sanitizer for yourself and your group. Wear closed-toe shoes or boots, and comfortable clothes that can get dirty or damp. Dress to make sure you are comfortable and warm. If it looks like it might rain, bring a rain coat or poncho. We also encourage you to bring a hat, water and sunscreen if it’s warm and sunny.

Bring your favorite work gloves. Sturdy plastic buckets with strong handles, and plastic shopping bags are useful for collecting litter.

Will you be providing gloves? 
Your site organizer may supply trash bags and other cleanup tools. We recommend bringing your favorite pair of work gloves, plastic bags and buckets to collect trash.

Do I need to sign something?
Volunteers may need to sign liability waivers upon arrival at the cleanup site. Some sites may require an waiver depending on the local organizer. Cleanups that are required to obtain a permit and/or event insurance by the public property owner cannot allow any volunteers to officially participate in an event without a complete waiver signed by an adult. Minors (under the age of 18) attending on their own, or with a group, must print and bring a waiver signed by a parent or guardian if the parent or guardian is not attending. 

Sample Waiver – We prefer you sign the waiver when you arrive at Registration at your cleanup site. Parents of children ages 6 to 18 who are participating in a cleanup as part of an organized group (school, scouts, etc.) may download, print, sign and send the waiver with their child.