Press release from the City of Fort Wayne:
Great American Cleanup May 15 needs you; register now
City provides gloves, trash bags, T-shirts plus an after-party at Headwaters East
Groups interested in being part of the City of Fort Wayne’s annual spring cleanup May 15 still have time to sign up. Mayor Tom Henry invites volunteers to put the polish on their hometown by joining a team to pick up litter and debris from parks, neighborhoods, trails, roadways and riverbanks. The registration period now extends through April 21.
Online registration is available at www.cityoffortwayne.org/greatamericancleanup or by calling 427-1345 during business hours.
This is the 20th year that the City has been involved in the national Great American Cleanup program, part of Keep America Beautiful. With the national tagline of “Green Starts Here,” volunteers of all ages will focus on cleaning up public spaces. The City will provide groups with garbage bags, gloves and T-shirts.
Leaders from neighborhood associations, businesses, faith-based organizations, service groups, schools or scouting organizations can select a location or the City can place them in an area of greatest need. Groups can also choose another day if they make arrangements with the City.
Currently about 2,500 people have registered for the event. In 2010, more than 4,200 volunteers participated.
A post-cleanup party for volunteers with food, music and raffle prizes will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 15 at Headwaters Park East.
For more information, call the City’s Solid Waste office at 427-1345. The City is also accepting monetary and in-kind donations from corporate sponsors.
National sponsors for the Great American Cleanup are American Honda Motor Co., Inc.; ARM & HAMMER; Colgate-Palmolive Company; The Dow Chemical Company; GLAD Trash Bags; Pepsi-Cola Company; The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company; Solo Cup Company; Troy-Bilt Lawn and Garden Equipment; University of Phoenix; Waste Management, Inc.; Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co.; and educational partner: Rubber Manufacturers Association.