Digital fundraiser to raise money for program that turns plastic into reusable items

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Micronesia Climate Change Alliance co-founder Michelle Voacolo describes the project as a women-run, millennial-managed organization with a mission to create community-based solutions to the climate crisis. (PNC photo)

A nonprofit organization is teaming up with a local entertainment company for a digital fundraiser to raise money for a program that turns plastic into reusable items.

Micronesia Climate Change Alliance co-founder Michelle Voacolo describes the project as a women-run, millennial-managed organization with the mission to create community-based solutions to the climate crisis

MCCA is teaming up with AlterXego Entertainment for their digital fundraiser entitled “Fun-tastic Plastic Virtual DJ Dance Party” to help launch their precious plastic products, made with their own hopper machine.

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“Precious Plastics was created by a man named Dave Hakkens. He lives out in Europe and he wanted to make recycling more local and community-based. So he developed four different machines that can grind, melt and inject plastic waste into these different machines and create new items,” Voacolo said.

If you donate $5, you get one of the group’s Guam seal magnets, $10 you get one of the coasters, $15 you get a plant, $20, you get one of the books and your name also gets entered into a raffle for bigger prizes.

“It’s just the three of us that run MCCA so our program takes up a lot of time, effort, and resources. We’re also working with some of the local high schools here, providing students with service learning hours. We are super small and we’ve also been COVID impacted and so we’re raising funds to keep this program going and to keep expanding it,” Voacolo said.

MCCA currently has two major programs running. In 2020 they launched their food sovereignty program and worked with Guahan Sustainable Culture, They also made a youtube series called, “From Our Nanas to our Nenis” — a 5-part web series discussing food sovereignty on Guam, highlighting local farmers, and featuring other organizations working on food sovereignty.

They also established the region’s first plant-based cookbook “Fanggai’ase” that is sold at every PayLess location.

The Fun-Tastic Virtual DJ Dance Party is happening on Jan. 23 from 7 to 11 pm. You can access it through Twitch at twitch.tv/mccaguam. No account is needed.

All proceeds made through the fundraiser will go towards MCCA’s Precious Plastics Program and raffle prizes also come from local companies such as Vape Armory, Fit Fix Guam, Maisa Guam, Tribe Guam Fitness, and more.

For more on MCCA and to join in and donate to the Fun-Tastic Virtual DJ Dance Party, check out their social media handles.

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