Name: George McCready of Pasadena.Volunteer Work: Mr...

VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT

April 18, 1993

Name: George McCready of Pasadena.

Volunteer Work: Mr. McCready, a volunteer with Maryland Save our Streams (SOS), typifies the spirit of National Volunteer Week -- an ordinary citizen freely doing what he can to help a situation or person.

While attending a state legislative hearing in 1982, Mr. McCready saw firsthand the condition of local rivers and tributaries in a slide show presented by Save Our Streams organizers.

He says he "was moved by their presentation" and soon enrolled in workshops where he was trained in the effort to combat pollution.

Mr. McCready moved to Anne Arundel County in 1981, two years after he retired from the United States Information Agency. But he had spent summers fishing and boating on county waterways since he was a boy in the 1930s.

"I have seen the river and bay since the 1930s and seen its gradual degradation," Mr. McCready observes.

To help stop that degradation, Mr. McCready participates in projects to clean local streams and tributaries, surveys construction sites to monitor developers' compliance with environmental regulations and advises local citizens' groups on regulations to deal with their problems.

Mr. McCready explains that Save Our Streams is "involved in some very productive work."

For instance, Mr. McCready and other SOS volunteers spent several days surveying streams in the North County to provide county officials with an accurate assessment of the area's waterways.

For more information about volunteering with Maryland Save Our Streams, contact 969-0084.

Volunteer's comment: "It's through personal experience with the water that shows me the significance of each of these little jobs and projects. I hope that more people will become involved."

Organization's comments: According to Jonathan Pearson, a project director with Maryland Save Our Streams, "George is a longtime volunteer who has helped us when called upon. He's done everything from participate in stream surveys, to transport our office waste to a recycling center."

To recommend someone to be in the "Volunteer Spotlight," call the Anne Arundel Bureau, 315-8911 or 1-800-829-8000, Ext. 8911, any time or fax nominations to 315-8916 or mail them to: The Sun for Anne Arundel, 8131 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena 21122.

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