Ben Tuff Swim 2021

Ben Tuff finishes a 19-mile swim from Block Island to Jamestown on August 1, 2021 in nine hours and nineteen minutes.

Real-time Updates for Ben Tuff Swim 2021

Follow Ben’s Route!

Come out on Sunday, August 1st to any of the below Access point to celebrate Ben’s progress. Then meet us at the finish line to celebrate his first of its kind accomplishment!

Swimming with Sharks to Improve Ocean Health

Ben Tuff is setting out to be the first person to swim 19 miles nonstop from Block Island, RI to Jamestown, RI through the Rhode Island Sound and into Narragansett Bay on August 1, 2021 to raise funds and awareness for environmental non-profit organization Clean Ocean Access, based in Middletown, RI.

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After training every day for the past year, Ben is prepared to take on the challenge of the 19-mile open ocean swim because he has seen firsthand the beauty and fragility of the ocean that he loves. “We can’t sit back and think our oceans will heal on their own. Clean Ocean Access works day in and day out to eliminate marine debris, improve water quality and protect and preserve shoreline access. Their work must advance, so I’m helping to make that happen.”

Ben’s dedication to ocean conservation and passion for incredible feats has gained the attention of Australian technology company Ocean Guardian, maker of the world’s only proven shark deterrent, and he will be wearing it for the entire swim. “It’s nice to have the peace of mind that you are doing something to deter sharks because once you’re out there, you are part of the food chain.”

 

Ben Tuff in the water during his 2019 swim around Conanicut Island. 

Ben Tuff is a Director Admissions at a private school, a former triathlete, and grew up in Jamestown, where he learned to appreciate the opportunities and experiences that come from an accessible shoreline, swimming waters, and a healthy ocean. In August 2019, Ben took action to help Clean Ocean Access and swam 23 miles nonstop, without a wetsuit, around Conanicut Island, raising over $54,000. As Ben recalled, “I knew there was an awesome opportunity for me to help raise money for a grassroots organization that has lasting effects on our marine environment, so swimming to Improve Ocean Health for Rhode Island is what I’m doing.”

Since 2006, Clean Ocean Access has worked for a clean, healthy ocean that is accessible to all. With all the threats facing our ocean, their work is needed today more than ever. Dave McLaughlin, the Executive Director, shared “Ben’s swim will end on the afternoon of August 1, but our work to protect the ocean never stops. Whether your passion is professional sailing, recreational surfing, casual walks along the shoreline, fishing as a family tradition, or resting peacefully on the beach – our work will take bolder steps and greater strides to improve ocean health for the Ocean State.”

 

Thank you to our 2021 Sponsors!

We are looking for support from community businesses in Block Island, Jamestown, and the surrounding towns. If you are interested, contact us today.

Thank you to all our Supporters!

$5000 – Anonymous Donor –
$5000 – Dockwa –
$5000 – Safe Harbor Marinas – on behalf of Safe Harbor Marinas
$5000 – Jennifer and Joe Trautwein and Family – Go Ben, Go!! We believe in you. Joe, Jennifer, and our three fish – Wesley, Hadley and Aidan
$2000 – Jonathan and Sarah Frank –
$1776 – David McLaughlin – Thank Ben for inspiring so many people to believe and support clean ocean access. Onward!
$1500 – Lelei, Chris & Brooks Coyle –
$1500 – Pat Tuff – Good Luck Ben! I am so proud of what you are doing but, naturally, as your mother, I am nervous of that big long swim and all the creatures in the sea!! But I know you?ll have a great support team!! XOXO
$1328 – Dennis Fulling – Good luck Ben !
$1200 – Sherri and Kevin Deacon –
$1023 – Kim and James Taylor –
$1023 – Geoff & Martha Tuff –
$1023 – Justin & Jessica Jones –
$1023 – Positive Synergy Corporation – Good luck!!!! From Positive Synergy
$1019 – Brigitte Paulick – Good Luck from Friedrich & Karin
$1004 – Liz Frank –
$1000 – Chris Cannon & Carol Hopkins –
$1000 – Elizabeth Hazard –
$1000 – Jasen Trautwein –
$1000 – Matt-Guy Hamilton – GOOD LUCK BUDDY!!
$1000 – Paul Gaston –
$1000 – Sandra Edgerley –
$1000 – Thomas & Sandy Greenwood – In honor of Ben Tuff swim
$1000 – Will Muggia –
$768 – William LoVerme – Good luck! So awesome to see an old friend swim for a great cause that hits home.
$525 – Tristan Raynes –
$512 – Thomas D Gaillard –
$512 – Anne Becker –
$512 – Ashley Brokaw –
$512 – East Coast Construction –
$512 – Elizabeth Perik –
$512 – Gelin Lei – Gerald Lei – Mayland Consulting LLC
$512 – Jane, Bert & Caroline Lippincott – Jane, Bert & Caroline Lippincott
$512 – Jill Vieth –
$512 – Leslie Read –
$512 – Lucille Rossignol –
$512 – Marsha Souders –
$512 – Monica DeAngelis –
$512 – Natalie & Rod Wright –
$512 – Polly Hutcheson –
$512 – Stephen Bakios –
$512 – The LeFort Family – donation is from the LeFort Family
$512 – The Moody Family –
$512 – Timothy Carroll –
$512 – Tom & Louise Flickinger & Family –
$511 – Susan Balloch –
$500 – Alexander Tuff – Go Ben Go!
$500 – Billie Zimmermann –
$500 – Chris & Julie Tuff – Go Ben Go!!!!- Chris and Julie Tuff
$500 – David Booth & Jane Garnett –
$500 – Hugh & Susan Balloch –
$500 – Jack & Laurie Heflin –
$500 – James Lynch –
$500 – Jeff & Abby Jenkins – Ben! Jeff & I are so excited to follow your swim. Thanks for raising awareness and your commitment to this monumental task. Safe travels! All our best from Fox Hill Farm.
$500 – Jen Radin –
$500 – Joan & Tom Swift –
$500 – Kathryn & Tim Conway –
$500 – Kevin & Dina Quirk –
$500 – Liz Baretta – Perik –
$500 – Marilyn O’Reagan & Stuart Auerbach –
$500 – Mary Louise Antle – I think the world of Ben Tuff and happy to support any and all help we can give to our precious oceans!
$500 – Monica & Matthew Vogelstein –
$500 – Owen Brothers Gardens –
$500 – Richard Perkins –
$500 – Taran & Natalie Davies –
$500 – The Kreisberg Family –
$500 – The Petrie Family –
$500 – Tricia Bielinski –
$500 – Walter & Marguerite Bopp –
$407 – Virginia Reynolds – Extraordinary and so inspiring Ben! The Reynolds Family
$400 – Nick & Bobbi Schaus –
$350 – Charlie Frank and Taylor Arnold – Way to go, Ben!
$308 – Elizabeth Edie –
$308 – Nancy Lee – I just met Liz Frank and am amazed and grateful for your efforts and hard work. Good luck!! Nancy Lee Michael Joyce
$300 – Jennifer Wu & Steve Louie –
$300 – Thomas Hirsch –
$256 – Adams & Janey Miller – Ben, you are awesome! Thank you!!
$256 – Christine Heenan –
$256 – Christy Refojo –
$256 – Donna & Chip Hazard –
$256 – Howard & Liani Balloch –
$256 – Kathryn Wooley Dutton –
$256 – Kevin Merrigan –
$256 – Molly Welsh – Way to go, Ben! – The Martin-Welsh family Gail, Dave, Molly
$256 – Patricia Sheehan –
$256 – Susan & Sean Doyle –
$256 – William Burgin –
$252 – Andrew and Maria Frank –
$250 – Anantvijay Singh – Ben, thank you for championing this cause, which benefits all of us on this planet. Your consistent preparation, effort and resolve is inspiring. We’ll be cheering you on! -Anant and Raji
$250 – Arthur & Perry Wheelock –
$250 – Chris Duffy –
$250 – Cynthia Trask –
$250 – Glenna McCaffrey –
$250 – James & Kate Wright –
$250 – Jeff & Fran Cook – Thank you Ben, for swimming for such a great cause! You’ve got this! The Cook Family
$250 – Jenn & Jay Cherosnick –
$250 – John Gregg –
$250 – Laura Gregg –
$250 – Leighton Wood – Go Ben Go!!!! The Wood Family
$250 – Michael Domenicone –
$250 – Ned & Christina Wood –
$250 – Newport Restaurant Group –
$250 – Paul O’Reilly –
$250 – Peter Houldin –
$250 – The Booth Family –
$250 – The McMillen Family – Good luck Tuffie!! Elizabeth, Nelson & Earl McMillen
$250 – The Nickol Family –
$205 – Benjamin Pastor –
$205 – Diana Bormuth –
$205 – Joanna Salvo –
$205 – Kim & Jeff Westcott –
$205 – Rita Reamer –
$205 – Robert Sedgewick –
$200 – Bill Salmons –
$200 – Hannah Swett –
$200 – Keelan & Tim Noble –
$200 – Kim Potter –
$200 – Stuart & Wendy Ross –
$200 – Victoria Valentine – Congratulations Ben on your amazing accomplishment and supporting such a perfect cause! XO Vivi & Hutch, Cottrell Farm, Jamestown
$200 – William Dunning – Stud
$190 – Basil & Anna Williams – The entire Williams Family is rooting you on in this admirable and challenging venture. Bravo
$190 – Christie Woodfin –
$154 – Alison Horton –
$154 – Lisa Repp Parsons – Lisa Parsons
$154 – Mary E Walek –
$154 – Tor Holtan –
$103 – Amanda Ferber – Go Ben! What an awesome initiative.
$103 – Anne Garnett – Swim hard! Stay safe! Thank you! You’ve got this, Ben, and Narragansett Bay deeply appreciates you!!
$103 – Anthony DiLorenzo – Good luck, Ben! As a guy who spent summers in Jamestown since early childhood, I thank you and applaud your commitment to keeping our waters clean. Tony D
$103 – Brenda Arnold –
$103 – Brett & Chris Bodnar –
$103 – Carleen O’Brien –
$103 – Carol Meenan –
$103 – Catherine Klein –
$103 – Cathy Soukup –
$103 – Chris & Sarah Wood –
$103 – Chuck & Leslie Gordon – Congrats, Ben, for all you do for COA — Chuck and Leslie Gordon
$103 – Courtney & Mark Kagan – Ben, Congratulations! What an amazing accomplishment. Wishing you and Gretchen a wonderful school year ahead. Warmly, Courtney and Mark Kagan
$103 – Cynthia Hogan –
$103 – Daniel Gregory –
$103 – David Goldsmith –
$103 – Deborah Wadsworth –
$103 – Dennis Nixon –
$103 – Diana Blakely –
$103 – Edward Flanagan –
$103 – Elizabeth Beisel –
$103 – Emily Murphy Prior – Go Ben! You got this! Emily and Dave
$103 – Erik Mellen –
$103 – Geoffrey Flickinger –
$103 – Gregory Matthews –
$103 – Herbert Weiss –
$103 – Ian Estaphan Owen – You’re amazing Ben – thanks for all you do supporting COA ������
$103 – Isabel Babcock –
$103 – James Mills – Hello Ben, I am a friend of your brother Chris. Best of luck to you on this courageous and demanding act of generosity and compassion for a very good cause. With Appreciation, Jimmy Mills
$103 – Jane Moffat –
$103 – Jeff Baker –
$103 – Jeff Wordham –
$103 – Jeffrey Gravdahl –
$103 – Jenn Blazejewski –
$103 – Jennifer Madden –
$103 – Jessica Masters –
$103 – Jo Anne Ferullo –
$103 – JoEllen & Arthur Fiorenzano –
$103 – John Aimers –
$103 – John Austin Murphy –
$103 – John Horton –
$103 – John Kulewicz –
$103 – Jonathan Gaunt –
$103 – Joseph Linley –
$103 – Judith Malcom –
$103 – Justin Sirotin –
$103 – Karen Estes –
$103 – Karen Murray –
$103 – Katherine Ahrens –
$103 – Kim Ferguson –
$103 – Kirsten Ferguson – Go Ben! From, Kirsten, Chris, James and most importantly Oli! 🙂
$103 – LeechLine Communications – Way to get it done Ben!! – Suzy Leech, Jed & Nicole Drake
$103 – Leslie J Harkins – Well done, Ben.
$103 – Lily Malcom –
$103 – Mary Engelhard –
$103 – Mary P Yates –
$103 – Nancy Bennett –
$103 – Nancy Eckert –
$103 – Nancy George –
$103 – Nicholas Benson –
$103 – Nicholas Lieder –
$103 – Nina Mills –
$103 – Nitish Nahata –
$103 – Pat & Jack Sheehan –
$103 – Patricia Silvernail –
$103 – Paul Dow –
$103 – Paul Hanlon –
$103 – Peter & Sylvia Monti –
$103 – Peter Converse –
$103 – Robert Kukler –
$103 – Sabrina Ellis –
$103 – Sandy Burns –
$103 – Spencer Potter –
$103 – Summer Hornbostel –
$103 – Susan Coffey – Block on!!!! 👍🦈
$103 – The Barrett Family – Ben, you’re a Hero. The Barrett Family
$103 – The Cotter Family –
$103 – The Mayers Family –
$103 – The Ryan Family –
$103 – The Scheidt Family –
$103 – The Wynns –
$103 – Tom & Christi Sperry –
$103 – Benedict Fox – Congrats on an amazing accomplishment and mission my friend!
$103 – Brian Amaral –
$103 – Karen M.Saxe –
$103 – Margo Bullock –
$103 – Priscilla Szneke –
$103 – Taylor Barnes –
$102 – Kathleen Schomp – 
$102 – Arden Reynolds – You’re an inspiration! Good luck, Ben!
$100 – Brookes Moody –
$100 – Carla Cook –
$100 – Catherine Riley – Thanks for all you do to keep our bay safe and clean!! Incredible journey! Gary and Cathy
$100 – Chris DiOrio –
$100 – Clay & Jeff Boden –
$100 – Conanicut Marine Servies – Best Wishes. All of us at Conanicut Marine Services.
$100 – David McDevitt –
$100 – Deborah Foppert –
$100 – Ellen Hogan –
$100 – Frederic Burditt –
$100 – Gabrielle Reed –
$100 – Hank McLarty –
$100 – Isabel Coyle –
$100 – James Wharton & Mary Hutchinson –
$100 – Jamie Matthews –
$100 – Jane Rupley –
$100 – Janet Burke –
$100 – Jeffrey LoGioco – Great cause!!! Enjoy the swim!! I hope you are escorted by a few cow striped bass in the middle water column, a few doormat fluke for the lower column, bonito on top to match your speed and ospreys on lookout from above!! Aloha – Jeff Logioco n fam!
$100 – Jenifer Trautwein –
$100 – Jennifer Zaccara – Ben, I believe in you! I will send this link to Keefe too. Jennifer
$100 – Jerry & Tina McIntyre –
$100 – Joan Hall –
$100 – Joseph Fuller –
$100 – Karisti Mundy – Thank you for keeping our oceans clean! Christian and Karisti Mundy
$100 – Maria Steck –
$100 – Marie Moody –
$100 – Martha Milot –
$100 – Matt Zettek –
$100 – Maureen Madden-Denney –
$100 – Meghan Wood & Shane Kriegel –
$100 – Mia & David Fitzgerald – Thank you Ben! Mia & David Fitzgerald
$100 – Michael Jemiolo –
$100 – Michael Schaus –
$100 – Michael Walsh –
$100 – Nancy Morton –
$100 – Nat & Friederike Ahrens –
$100 – Paul Contino – Congrats Ben – Paul & Nicole
$100 – Pen & Fritz Attaway –
$100 – Peter Parsons –
$100 – Rebecca Tuff –
$100 – Richard Giles –
$100 – Ronald DuVall –
$100 – Sally Schott –
$100 – Sally Studdiford –
$100 – Sarah Salmon –
$100 – Sarah Tuff Dunn & Carlton Dunn –
$100 – Scott Sherman –
$100 – Shane Williams-Ness – Inspired by litchfield hills lacrosse ? you got this!!
$100 – Steve & Bonnie Wurzbacher – Ben: Bonnie and I wish you all our best – warm water, following currents and a safe swim. Thanks for bringing attention to this worthy cause. Steve
$100 – Steven Pack –
$100 – Susan Maffei Plowden –
$100 – Susan Ruf –
$100 – Suz & Dan O’Donnell –
$100 – The Carlson Family – Go get ?em Ben. Good luck with the swim. Would be fun to get together at some point this summer to hear about your commitment to this cause
$100 – The Eade Family –
$100 – The Lang Family – Go Ben! You got this! Holly, Riccardo and Matteo
$100 – The Longley Family – All the Longleys will be cheering you on, congratulations!!
$100 – The Mosenthal Family – We are cheering for you, Ben. Have a safe swim!
$100 – William Ewing –
$75 – Ted & Gabi Webster – Great cause! Good luck with the swim! Ted & Gabi Webster
$66 – Karen Box –
$55 – Rider Tuff –
$52 – James Podesky – Your swim has been inspirational and for a good cause. We must all pay attention and take an active role in keeping the oceans clean.
$52 – Jason Kariel –
$52 – Martha Yates –
$52 – Ajay Pande –
$52 – Allison Spooner Linley –
$52 – Amanda Bridges –
$52 – Amanda McGrew –
$52 – Andrej Bogdanovics –
$52 – Anna Hawkins –
$52 – Anne Carlor – Go Ben & Jake!!
$52 – Brian & Stephanie Cotsonas –
$52 – Brooke Price –
$52 – Cassandra Rydingsword –
$52 – Catherine Gilchrist – Thanks for doing this to support clean water- wishing you speed and smooth swimming Ben!
$52 – Cheryl O’Donnell –
$52 – Christian Smith –
$52 – Christopher Clark –
$52 – David Rothman –
$52 – Debra Taylor –
$52 – Edward Neeb –
$52 – Elizabeth S. Seibert –
$52 – Erin Mcenroe –
$52 – Gabrielle Highstein –
$52 – George Chadwick –
$52 – James Carmellini – Good luck Ben. . . may you have fair winds and following seas!
$52 – James Rawcliffe –
$52 – Jane Bally –
$52 – Janet Garnier –
$52 – Jennifer Kolpak –
$52 – Jessica Marullo –
$52 – John Perry – Great work.
$52 – Kate Weiler –
$52 – Kim Thurmond –
$52 – Kristin McJunkins –
$52 – Lindsey Morse – Ben! This is so awesome. Thank you for doing something impactful and inspiring us all to get off our ass and stand for something. Cheers!
$52 – Louisa Swain –
$52 – Lynda Heller –
$52 – Nancy Vandervelde –
$52 – Neil Campbell –
$52 – Nicolas Stowell –
$52 – Phoebe Livingston –
$52 – Samantha Wald –
$52 – Scott Coughlin –
$52 – Sean Devendorf –
$52 – The Beard Family – I am so motivated by the motivation you have to be like me. I am your hero. It shows. Now it is time to crush!!!! F-you sharks. . . Ben Tuff owns this ocean!!!!
$52 – Thomas Aman –
$52 – The Romaniello Family –
$52 – Tracey Martins – Thanks Ben- rooting for you
$50 – Anne Livingston –
$50 – Candy & Chris Powell –
$50 – George Speros –
$50 – John Craft –
$50 – John Reumann –
$50 – John Taylor Wolfes –
$50 – Leslie Bakke –
$50 – Mason Tuff –
$50 – Nicholas Perkins –
$50 – Patrick Cramb –
$50 – Ryan Osborn – Go, Ben!
$50 – Shelley Costa – Shelley Costa and Alan Baker
$50 – Stacie DeGrazia –
$50 – Sue Cornacchia –
$50 – Tara Kupersmith –
$50 – Willow Brenner –
$42 – Reva Greenstein –
$40 – Rebecca Wright –
$31 – John McGeehan –
$31 – Laurie Pavao –
$26 – Lynn DeButts –
$26 – Bari Prince –
$26 – Bethany Healey –
$26 – Carol Tatro –
$26 – Christine Davis – Davis Family
$26 – Clayton Ketchum –
$26 – Corrine Lowen – Way to go Ben!!!
$26 – Ella Studdiford – You are doing amazing things, Ben Tuff and Aunt Lizzie!!!
$26 – HELEN SABIN –
$26 – James Peterson –
$26 – Jessica Selock – Kick butt Ben! So awesome!
$26 – Joseph Paradise –
$26 – Kaitlin McCafferty –
$26 – Mark Simonelli –
$26 – Rebecca Eannacony – 
$26 – Mary Seaward –
$26 – Mary Wright –
$26 – Mike Michaud –
$26 – Nancy Sharkey Fox – Hope it’s a great day for you, Ben, for a noble cause.
$26 – Paul Sprague –
$26 – Richard Baker –
$26 – The Rittler Family –
$26 – William McCloy – Great cause – have fun 🐟🐟🐟 – good luck!! 👊🏻
$25 – Benjamin Malcom – Keep on doing what you do so well. . . As always, I am rooting for ya !! Ben M.
$25 – Carol A Quirk –
$25 – Deanna Conheeny –
$25 – dianne churchill –
$25 – Emily Reynolds –
$25 – Frank DeLuca –
$25 – Guy Simonelli –
$25 – Heather Traber – Fellow swimmer! Thank you for working to protect oceans!
$25 – Karen Sheehan –
$25 – Kathleen Burke –
$25 – Lisa Mody –
$25 – Nancy Wright –
$25 – Rachel SanFanAndre –
$25 – Richard & jane Tracy –
$25 – Scott Soens –
$25 – Serena Livingston –
$25 – Shiela C. Swett –
$25 – SM Reilly –
$21 – Artur Marciano –
$21 – Harbor Terrace Group –
$21 – Kristin Eaton –
$21 – Marie Cotier –
$21 – Milagro Sique –
$21 – Nanette Blish –
$21 – Paula Shevlin –
$21 – William Haffner –
$20 – Alexi Sarah Fine Art –
$20 – Elizabeth Gedraitis – Good Luck Ben. Beth
$20 – Francesca Morano –
$20 – Jennifer Ramey –
$20 – Liza Wood –
$20 – Michael Cavanaugh –
$20 – Stephen Hedberg –
$20 – Virginia Grace –
$20 – Stephen Famiglietti – Thank you, Ben. You inspire me!
$16 – Corrine Schlabach – Stay strong, this is amazing!
$15 – Clara Rodriguez –
$15 – John Foraste –
$10 – Alison Hedberg –
$10 – Henry Lantman –
$10 – Quinn Tuff –
$6 – Christopher Hawkins – Good luck and thanks for doing this.
$6 – Jonathan Paladini –
$2 – Marcia Lindsay – Go Team Tuff Ben, go!

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Fundraising Goal

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Funds Raised

 

Our Impact in the Jamestown Community

Volunteers take our inaugural Jamestown water samples.

We established a zero waste education program at Melrose Elementary School in 2020. Through this program, schools received both financial and programmatic support to start a sustainable composting program within their lunchrooms. Students, teachers, and school staff worked together to learn best environmental practices and to divert food scraps that were then turned into nutrient rich soil amendment for local gardens. The finished product was sold at a “Bake Sale” at the end of the year to raise money for continued composting. We raised over $600! The student ambassadors are pictured here with their composting champion teacher Julie Westall.

Our AFTER5 Beach Cleanup program runs throughout the summer. In 2020, we expanded to Mackerel Cove, engaging visitors and locals in removing potential marine debris. Every Tuesday evening throughout the summer, our programming team provides cleanup materials to beachgoers. These cleanups are instrumental in keeping our coastlines clean and healthy. This year alone, we have removed 394lbs of debris from the Conanicut coastline.

 

Volunteers roll a wheel barrow full of debris at the 2012 Hull Cove Cleanup. 

Two years ago, your generous support of Ben’s swim around Conanicut Island made a huge impact. Since that time, we have expanded our programming on Conanicut Island in several areas.In April 2021, we took our inaugural water samples in Jamestown! Every week, we now test Fort Getty, Dumpling Cove, and Potter Cove to monitor and improve water quality. Our dedicated volunteers and the whole Jamestown community made this expansion possible. Weekly monitoring helps understand the state of water quality in our local communities and the Ocean State overall. Once we have the data, we can take action to improve water quality where needed! We have been monitoring sites on Aquidneck Island since 2006 and were excited to extend this program further with the support of water quality champions in Jamestown.

The student ambassadors are pictured here accepting the check from the sales with their composting champion teacher Julie Westall.

Diversion of food scraps from the waste stream through composting is a behavior change that allows residents to reduce waste, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and improve local soil health. The dedication of our Jamestown residents to zero waste has allowed us to offer collection service to 114 residents and 4 restaurants on the Island- with room left to grow! Through Healthy Soils Healthy Seas Rhode Island, we aim to provide all of Jamestown with composting.

Commercial compost is picked up by partners such as The Compost Plant using these bins. 

Participants in our Mackerel Cove weekly AFTER5 cleanup track debris they find. 

We have been hosting an annual beach cleanup at Hull Cove since 2006. Our volunteers have removed over 11,650 pounds of debris from this site in the last 15 years! Though this is a positive change and we love seeing cleaner beaches, there is always more work to be done. We are glad to play a continued role in keeping Jamestown’s coastlines free of marine debris, and are grateful for the continued dedication of the community.

In 2018, we played a key role in pushing for and instituting the plastic bag ban in the town of Jamestown, which came into effect on Earth Day. Together with an informed and impassioned community, we worked with the Council to pass an ordinance resulting in a behavior change where residents bring their own reusable bags when they shop. Coming together with communities on policy work like this helps us ensure clean, healthy oceans for years to come. 

We are grateful to our Jamestown ocean champions, and look forward to pushing forward in each of these areas together! 

2019 Swim Jamestown Event

As mentioned above, this year’s swim is not Ben Tuff’s first major swim for COA! In 2019, Ben swam around Conanicut Island to raise over $50,000. To learn more about his past feats, visit our past events page. 

Ben Tuff speaking with reporters after his 2019 swim. 

When making a donation, use the “Write a Note (Optional)” field to leave a note for Ben and/or share your desired gift acknowledgment name.