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Get Your Green On
'Get Your Green On' at the Great American Cleanup
2/25/2011
Everyone gets the itch to do a little spring cleaning around the house when the weather warms up. Why not take it a step further and do your part to do some tidying up in our community?

Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful is part of Keep America Beautiful's Great American Cleanup, the nation's largest community improvement program that takes place annually from March 1 through May 31, involving an estimated 3 million volunteers and attendees. Last year, hardworking volunteers donated more than 5.7 million hours to clean, beautify and improve more than 33,000 communities during more than 30,000 events in all 50 states and beyond. Activities included beautifying parks and recreation areas, cleaning seashores and waterways, handling recycling collections, picking up litter, planting trees and flowers, and conducting educational programs and litter-free events.
Organize Your Own Great American Cleanup Event
Do you have any community eyesores? How many times have you passed by a litter-strewn park or graffiti-splashed building and wished it would go away? Perhaps it's the local playground plagued with garbage or maybe a recycling effort needs a jump-start. Whatever the concern, a solution is just around the corner. All it takes is someone to say "enough is enough" and work with community members to eliminate the problem. It's a great way to improve your local community and be one of the millions of volunteers involved in the Great American Cleanup!

Here are a few program suggestions:
• Host a tree-planting party
• Put a new coat of paint on a graffiti-marked wall
• Adopt a road with your friends and plant flowers
• Sponsor a litter collection contest
• Clean up a river or field that has become an illegal dump site
• Collect recyclable and reusable items on your block; deliver to a recycling center
The possibilities are endless -- the choice to make a difference is yours. So roll up your sleeves and have fun. Your efforts to improve your community will become a source of pride for everyone.



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