About Julia Chambers

Ludington, Michigan

Julia Chambers has been instrumental in bringing members of her community together to act on behalf of the environment.

More than 30 years ago, Julia founded the environmental organization AFFEW, A Few Friends for the Environment of the World.  Operating in Mason County, Mich., AFFEW’s mission is to educate and inspire people to take action to reduce waste in landfills and waterways. Julia has developed the organization into a formal 501(c)(3) organization, with a formal volunteer board and nearly 200 members. She continues to lead the organization as the president of the board.

As the founder and leader of AFFEW, Julia spends hundreds of volunteer hours per year attending seminars, contacting expert resources for community education, communicating with community leaders, securing funding and leading youth programs like 4H. She also organizes events like the group’s Earth Day Celebration and volunteer events to remove invasive species.