De Queen Organizing Community Improvement Event for Monday-Saturday April 9-14
Volunteers needed to help keep De Queen beautiful
De Queen (March 6, 2012) – Volunteers are needed for De Queen annual spring community-improvement effort Monday, April 9 – Saturday, April 14.
The cleanup is being held in conjunction with the Great American Cleanup™ in Arkansas, the annual spring nationwide community improvement effort presented by Keep America Beautiful® and coordinated and promoted statewide by the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB), a certified affiliate of Keep America Beautiful.
“The Great American Cleanup in Arkansas is an opportunity communities to shine by helping keep The Natural State clean and green,” said Sarah Wruck, volunteer services coordinator for Keep Arkansas Beautiful. “Groups large and small shine when they cleanup their communities. We want to preserve our state’s natural beauty for residents and visitors to enjoy for years to come.”
Everyone in De Queen is encouraged to participate in this year’s Great American Cleanup™. Civic and service organizations, church and youth groups, school groups and clubs, scouts, individuals, families, neighborhoods and businesses can organize a volunteer crew and pitch in.
“De Queen is an attractive community, and we all have a responsibility to keep it beautiful,” said Fonda Hawthorne, coordinator for this year’s local Great American Cleanup in Arkansas. “If De Queen is littered and run-down, our potential to attract industry and tourism can be negatively impacted. A fresh coat of paint, a few new flower plantings, and roadsides free of litter can make a big difference in De Queen’s future. It’s time for De Queen to shine!”
This year we are changing how the cleanup will work. We are having a week long cleanup to accommodate our businesses and organizations that would like to pick up during the week. We will also have the big cleanup day on Saturday, April 14 beginning at 9:00 a.m. at Herman Dierks Park followed by a hot dog lunch at 11:30 a.m.
This year’s Great American Cleanup is sponsored locally by the City of De Queen.
About the Great American Cleanup in Arkansas
During last year’s Great American Cleanup in Arkansas, more than 17,000 individuals volunteered more than 45,000 hours in communities across the state. The community improvement effort involved 207 events, with volunteers picking up 1.2 million pounds of litter from 1,686 miles of roadway, trails and shorelines, and 631 acres of parks and public areas; closing 22 illegal dumping sites; disposing of 16 junk cars; and improving 74 playgrounds.
Arkansans also recycled 192,213 pounds of newspapers, 1,820 car batteries, 9,849 tires and 325,857 pounds of electronics. More than 23,000 pounds of clothing were collected for reuse.
The volunteer-driven Great American Cleanup in Arkansas also provided the state and participating communities a substantial cost savings, as the value of donated materials and volunteer labor exceeded $700,000.
About the Great American Cleanup
The national kickoff for the Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup is March 1. Local Great American Cleanup events are being organized in March, April and May.
Nationally, this year’s Great American Cleanup is expected to involve an estimated 3.8 million people volunteering more than 5.7 million hours to clean, beautify and improve 33,000 communities during 30,000 events from coast to coast. Activities will include beautifying parks and recreation areas, cleaning seashores and waterways, collecting recyclables, picking up litter, planting trees and flowers, and conducting educational programs and litter-free events.
The national sponsors for the Great American Cleanup he Dow Chemical Company; The Glad Products Company; LG Electronics U.S.A., Inc.; Nestlé® Pure Life® Purified Water; PepsiCo's Pepsi-Cola and Gatorade companies; Solo Cup Company; Troy-Bilt® Lawn and Garden Equipment; Waste Management, Inc.; and Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co.; the educational partners are Rubber Manufacturers Association and WM Recycle America.