Volunteers Needed to "Keep Port Everglades Shipshape" Saturday, May 21

Broward County's Port Everglades is inviting volunteers of all ages and talents to test their creativity and painting skills on Saturday, May 21, 2011, from 9 a.m. until noon in a community service project to transform recycled petroleum drums into decorative trash and recycling bins that Keep Port Everglades Shipshape drumswill be used throughout the Port.

In its second year, "Keep Port Everglades Shipshape" is a port-wide campaign to encourage recycling and cleanliness at one of the world's leading cruise and cargo seaports, Port Everglades. The event also coincides with National Maritime Day, which is a national celebration to honor and recognize the maritime industry and its benefits to our country.

"Nearly 100 residents helped us paint last year. It was a lot of fun and a great way to add some personal expression to the Port facilities, so we decided to make this an annual event," says Port Everglades Director Phil Allen. "It is just amazing to see how creative people can be with an empty drum and some paint."

Volunteers will have the opportunity to paint their own creative designs on recycled petroleum drums that have been cleaned and prepared for painting. After the drums have dried, they will be placed throughout the Port to be used as decorative trash and recycling receptacles. Although basic paint and supplies will be provided, volunteers may bring their own non-oil based paints (latex, acrylic) and brushes if desired for a tailored design. Awards will be given for the most creative drums.

Families, students, seniors and groups are welcome.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday, May 21, 2011, in Parking Lot #19 located in the center of Port Everglades.

Participants over the age of 18 must present government-issued photo identification, such as a driver's license or passport, at the entrance gates to Port Everglades. Please wear comfortable clothing that can become stained by paint.

For more information, log-on to the Volunteer Broward website at www.volunteerbroward.org or contact Port Everglades Corporate & Community Relations at 954-468-3509 or porteverglades@broward.org. More information about Port Everglades, including driving directions, can be found at www.broward.org/port or www.porteverglades.net.