Clean Up Akron Month has officially begun, as volunteer groups have already started cleaning up various sites around Akron, and many groups are going above and beyond by not only picking up litter, but doing beautification projects as well.
Some volunteers are cleaning up their area, and then reserving one of the Keep Akron Beautiful (KAB) trailers, such as the Community Pride Trailer or Litter and Illegal Dump Cleanup Trailer to make an even larger impact.
This year is the 35th Anniversary of the agency, and one of the larger projects that will take place is the clean-up at Summit Lake April 23 from 8 a.m. to noon. The lake has been a chronically littered location for years, but with the help of KAB, the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition and Kenmore United Community Group, the agency is able to keep pushing to make a lasting change in the area. Volunteers interested in participating are encouraged to join the cleanup.
Keep America Beautiful, Inc. established the Great American Cleanup as its signature national effort for involving citizens in environmental stewardship. An anticipated amount of 4 million volunteers and participants of the Great American Cleanup will return more than $175 million in measurable benefits across more than 20,000 participating communities and Keep Akron Beautiful, the local affiliate of the national nonprofit, strives to empower individuals in the City of Akron to care for their communities through volunteer participation.
“As the season turns to spring, we’re excited to launch another year of America’s largest community improvement program,” said Jennifer M. Jehn, president and CEO of Keep America Beautiful. “The Great American Cleanup makes a meaningful difference to the places in which we all live, work and play. It is humbling to see the millions of volunteers that turn out each year to our affiliate’s Great American Cleanup events.”
By registering for Clean Up Akron Month, groups of volunteers receive all of the materials needed to effectively clean up a public location of their choosing. Groups of all sizes are able to take the initiative and brighten up an area that matters to them.
KAB is also giving out special 35th Anniversary T-shirts to registered volunteers, and they are running out quickly.
To register for a cleanup project, visit www.keepakronbeautiful.org/clean-up-akron-month or call (330) 375-2116 and a registration packet can be mailed to you. Registrations will be accepted until April 30.