Patrick Armstrong is the co-leader of NOLA Trash Mob, a group of volunteers who clean up public lands. Patrick organizes bi-weekly trash cleanups through social media. Since 2013, the group has held over 70 cleanups and picked up nearly 10 tons of litter from New Orleans public outdoor spaces. Under Patrick’s leadership, NOLA Trash Mob has grown to more than 1,100 volunteers through innovative partnerships with neighborhood associations, rotary clubs, universities and Friends of the Lafitte Corridor. His nonprofit of choice is Friends of the Lafitte Corridor.
Aug. 24, 2015 — Cox Communications and The Trust for Public Land are recognizing volunteers who are creating, preserving or enhancing shared outdoor spaces. Patrick Armstrong has been selected as a finalist for Louisiana’s 2015 Cox Conserves Heroes program, and the public is being asked to vote now through September 14 at CoxConservesHeroes.com.
A total of $20,000 will be donated to local environmental nonprofits on behalf of the three finalists. Each finalist has secured a $5,000 donation for his or her environmental nonprofit of choice. The finalists are now competing for an additional $5,000 – bringing the total award to $10,000 for the winner’s nonprofit of choice. The winner will be chosen through an online public vote.
As either a finalist or winner’s nonprofit of choice, the following Louisiana organizations have received financial support from the Cox Conserves Heroes program: Friends of Lafitte Corridor; Jefferson Beautification, Inc.; Lafayette Square Conservancy; Louisiana Environmental Action Network; New Orleans Food and Farm Network; Operation Sudden Impact; Parkway Partners; The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation and The University Lakes Improvement and Preservation Association.
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