By Craig Schill
Neighborhood cleanups bring members of a community together, typically collecting bulky items not accepted by the neighborhood refuse collector. Residents dispose of unwanted items, discover recyclable treasures, and bond over a more visibly appealing neighborhood. As a volunteer-oriented endeavor, it gives residents a chance to give back to the community and helps to keep that community green! As well as cleaning up bulky items, volunteers could also come together for trash pick-ups, which involves walking around the community and picking up trash.
In Erie, there is an annual spring cleanup where community members can dispose of bulky items just as if it was the weekly trash. There are also local schools such as Gannon University that have events such as GIVE day in the fall every year where members of many organizations come together to help clean up different areas around the city. Groups of individuals from around Erie have also worked alongside one another to accomplish the same sort of clean up routine.
It only takes one person to get everything started, but it takes the work of many to keep the program progressive. A few things to consider are who, what, where, when, why, and how.
Why Should I Get Involved?
Photos courtesy of Jessica Hubert of student neighborhood cleanup on Gannon's annual GIVE Day