May 26, 2017


Help Us Purchase Two Much Needed Boats

We are currently unable to remove all of the trash and debris we find on each trip.

Wounded Nature-Working Veterans has launched two competing crowdfunding campaigns to help increase the organization’s capacity to cami-boatclean coastal waters. Each campaign will fund a 30-foot landing craft boat that will be used to transport volunteers to and from hard to reach coastal areas. To add some spirited competition to this campaign, Wounded Nature is naming one of the boats, “Major” and it will feature a Manatee on it and the other “Chief” which will feature a sea turtle.

Donors can support either boat. Choose either the “Major” or the “Chief” campaign and those who donate $20.00 or more, will have their name displayed on the boat they choose.

The amount of your donation determines your honorary crew rank aboard the boat.  Cadet – $20, Greenhorn – $50, Deckhand – $100, Crew Member – $250, Petty Officer – $500, Chief Petty Officer – $1,000, Deck Officer – $5,000, Merchant Marine $10,000, Master Navigator – $25,000, Marine Explorer – $50,000.

Wounded Nature has been cleaning coastal areas since 2010, but Hurricane Matthew dramatically increased coastal trash and debris, giving new urgency to this campaign. These two campaigns will greatly enhance the nonprofit’s capability to clean trash from coastal waters.

Current Donation Status as of 5/4/2017

Major – $25,150.00          Chief – $20,635.00

(Includes pledges, cash, checks, and credit card donations – total needed: $625,000 to onclude boat, insurance, fuel, etc.)

“What we do and where we go requires boats, equipment and a lot of people willing to get dirty and work hard under adverse conditions,” said Rudy Socha, Chief Executive Officer of Wounded Nature, and a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran. “One of the biggest problems and obstacles Wounded Nature faces is getting our many volunteers to coastal areas that are hard to access and then bringing those volunteers and trash back. These two new landing craft boats will help our volunteers in their cleanup efforts which have a direct positive impact on coastal wildlife.”

Please DONATE and then send an email telling us which boat you would like to have your name appear on:  Checks can be mailed to:  Wounded Nature, 1105 Calm Water Court, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464.

Make a REAL difference with your donation dollars

sr15More than 97% of all marine related environmental dollars is spent on advocacy, research, and education.  Many marine conservation organizations stage an annual cleanup on a public beach just for show.

Wounded Nature – Working Veterans already knows that trash and debris is bad for wildlife.  We also realize that passing a new law or educating the public about the problem will not remove the debris that is killing wildlife.

We work year round removing debris from hard to access coastal areas and returning these rural coastal areas to their original pristine condition.

Here is the difference between where annual cleanups are staged and where we work:

“Public beach cleanups support the travel and tourism industry.  Our coastal cleanups benefit wildlife.”

A Tourist Beach:
–          Is fairly clean
–          Lacks wildlife
–          Is where people want to hang out
–          Has cleanup funding
–          Easy to access

Areas Where We Clean:
–          Contains a lot of storm debris and trash
–          Lacks people
–          Is where wildlife wants to live
–          Has no cleanup funding
–          Hard to access (requires a watercraft)

To make a marine conservation donation that will MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE – go to:

Show the World You Made a Real Difference

14061115040MNow you can show the world you helped clear our nation’s coastlines of debris and trash. All levels of support are very important to us. A donor helps us fund placing a cleanup volunteer by boat on a rural coastline. What we do and where we go requires boats, equipment and a lot of people willing to get dirty and work hard under adverse conditions.

Show people your commitment to helping improve the quantity and quality of the health of America’s seafood industry. The general public knows that trash and debris is bad for wildlife but do not understand why. Trash, especially plastics clogs an animal’s intestinal track and within a week they have died an extremely slow and painful death. With debris such as old treated wood, arsenic and creosote slowly leeches out and poisons an area. This results in significantly reduced populations of shellfish, shrimp and young fish inhabiting areas adjacent to heavy coast trash and debris areas.

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Ocean Litter Kills Wildlife.

Everyone knows that litter looks bad and has a negative impact on wildlife. What most people do not know or understand is how litter kills wildlife.

How Litter Kills Video

The How Litter Kills animation and all the artwork were created by Chris and Matthew Blurton. Red Bird Creative is proud to be associated with Wounded Wildlife as marine pollution is a world wide issue.

Marine Life and Plastic Caps

The How Plastic Caps Kill animation, artwork and editing was done by Tammy Sarbazzadeh. Tammy loves the ocean and all of the marine creatures it contains.

She hopes her video will help reduce unnecessary animal deaths.

Who We Are?
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The genesis of our missions came prior to the gulf oil spill. The number of rescued birds, sea turtles, and sea mammals that had ingested plastic items had increased dramatically. America’s coastal seafood stocks have been steadily declining. We investigated why it was occurring and how to fix it. We quickly discovered that many of America’s most critical coastal wildlife habitats are collection points for trash and storm debris.  Worse yet, most of these areas have NEVER been cleaned up.

We organize cleanups to address the many wildlife critical coastal areas that have never been cleaned. For us, there is no need to further study the problem, we are focused on remedial action and removing tons of trash and debris from our coastal areas.

The coastlines we clean have no facilities, contain a lot of heavy debris and trash that is hard to transport back for disposal, and expensive to conduct since watercraft, equipment, and dumpsters are required.

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Why We Are Here?
Because no one else does what we do.  Most tourist beaches and rivers adjacent to major cities are staging annual clean-ups through the use of volunteers and efforts organized by various non-profit groups. However, the areas most important to wildlife: the isolated beaches, bays, high tide debris line, and estuaries are not being cleaned up.
These are crucial birthing areas for endangered and threatened species. The constant accumulation and breakdown of plastics and storm debris in these critical areas builds up high toxicity levels, and kills generations of future wildlife.
What Else Can We Do?
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Once we have our own boats and full time crew, we will be able to make a very positive impact on America’s coastal life.

Want To Help?
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There are countless ways you can help us. As with all non-profits, generating cash flow is always the most important task. You can make a donation, become a member or encourage others to do so.  A small donation helps us transport a volunteer to a cleanup site and a large donation could become a game changer for us.

Generating publicity results in educating the public and you can easily make a contribution to this aspect of our mission. You can become a Facebook, Twitter, and all around social marketing activist for us.

Where Are We And What Are We Doing?
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Our schedule is posted on our site and updated on a regular basis. We encourage you to come and meet us if our paths cross or you happen to be taking a vacation in a nearby area.

Donate to Wounded Nature – Working Veterans

Wounded Nature’s beach clean up is stopping this toxic buildup, educating the public, and saving wildlife in the process.

Please make a donation to Wounded Nature – Working Veterans