Tuesday March 14, 2006
Community-Wide Cleanup Event begins Brightside’s 20th anniversary year
Mayor Jerry Abramson today issued a call for volunteers to help beautify Louisville at the Brightside Community-Wide Cleanup on Saturday, March 25, 8 a.m. to noon.
The cleanup marks the start of Brightside’s 20th anniversary celebration and is part of its ongoing "Keep It Clean" campaign to reduce litter throughout Louisville. Nearly 40 community groups have already signed up to participate.
"We’re looking for neighborhood, church and civic groups to pitch in and help spruce up for spring," Abramson said, adding that this year’s cleanup is particularly special. "We created Brightside 20 years ago to mobilize our citizens to work together with government to keep Louisville clean and green, and we hope to extend that energy another 20 years," he said.
In addition, Hands on Louisville, a local nonprofit service initiative, is partnering with Brightside to attract volunteers for all of the cleanup initiatives throughout the year. To help celebrate 20 years of a cleaner and greener city, Hands On Louisville will coordinate 20 additional volunteer cleanup opportunities between now and May.
Hands On brings people together to strengthen communities through meaningful volunteer action. A growing network of more than one million volunteers nationwide, Hands On Louisville has thousands of local members representing several corporations such as CitiCards, Churchill Downs, Louisville Asset Building Coalition and Service for Peace. To participate in the March 25 cleanup:
Groups can select any part of the community they wish to clean, then either register online at www.handsonlouisville.org
, or call MetroCall at 311 or 574-5000. Brightside will provide bags and gloves to volunteer groups as well as coordinate with Louisville Metro Solid Waste Management to pick up filled trash bags at the end of the day. Individuals can also call and be placed with an established group.
Brightside’s Community-Wide Cleanup falls during Commonwealth Cleanup Week, and participating non-profit groups are eligible to enter a random statewide drawing for prizes of $1,500, $1,000 and $500. Drawing forms are available at the Brightside office, 400 S. First St., and must be returned by April 13. Brightside’s Clean and Green Cleanup Initiatives:
Abramson said Brightside and other city departments are doing their part to combat litter. Increased litter removal and education efforts over the past year have included: •
More than 50 "Green Miles" adopted; •
Citizen volunteers cleared more than 80 tons of trash in 2005; •
A new Mayor’s Litter-Free Task Force, a citizens group created from the recent Litter-Free Summit held in January, has formed to meet regularly to develop new tactics to reduce litter across Louisville; •
Sidewalk sweeping was made available to neighborhoods conducting cleanups;•
Decorative trashcans purchased for downtown and special litter containers were distributed to Metro Council representatives for heavy commercial traffic areas in each district; •
Partnered with schools to create the "Keep It Clean" competition in 17 area high schools and featured litter prevention in the Eco-Drama program available to all third-grade classrooms.
For more information, or for help organizing a neighborhood cleanup, call Brightside at 574-2613 or search under keyword "Brightside" at LouisvilleKy.gov