Green starts here this spring.
Well, it does if we have litter-free roads and clean, attractive green spaces and pollution-free waterways to enjoy.
Litter, graffiti and junky, trashy roads and neighborhoods are far more than just unsightly. These are symptoms of uncaring behavior. Litter and neglect really inhibit our green. They say we do not care about our community — our home.
That should be a wake-up call for all citizens who are concerned about our community’s quality of life. Help us answer that wake-up call. This spring, your business, organization, church group or school can make a difference in Liberty County by participating in the Great American Cleanup.
Established by national litter prevention and education organization Keep America Beautiful, the Great American Cleanup brought out 3.8 million volunteers and participants in about 16,500 communities for 5.2 million volunteer hours in 2011, according to www.kab.org. About 177 million pounds of litter and debris were collected. The program provides a platform for community activities that meet specific local needs, like recycling events, litter cleanups, environmental education, graffiti removal and neighborhood and community improvement projects.
This spring, Keep Liberty Beautiful is seeking 1,000 volunteers for our local Great American Cleanup activities, which began this week with Arbor Day and the Recycle It! Fair. Local activities are scheduled through May. We need you to make that visible difference in our community.
Mark your calendar now for these city-wide cleanup events:
March 24: Midway, Allenhurst, Gum Branch
April 14: Flemington, Riceboro
April 28: Hinesville, Walthourville
Each city is committed to sponsoring a cleanup event to make each city shine, but they need your help to make that happen. To volunteer yourself or your group, call 880-4888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. All cleanup supplies will be provided at each event. There will be a picnic for all volunteers after each event, and all volunteers will receive KLB
T-shirts. We also encourage local schools to sponsor campus cleanups and neighborhoods to organize neighborhood cleanups or improvement projects. We can help support these events with supplies and in-kind support.
During the spring, we also will host our sixth annual Community Earth Day Celebration on Monday, April 23, another Recycle It! Fair on Saturday, May 12, and our annual volunteer appreciation Thursday, May 24, as well as a variety of educational activities in schools and in the community.
We hope you’ll join us in making our community clean and green this spring. After all, as the Great American Cleanup motto says, green starts here!