From Poquoson to Portsmouth and
"We need at least 1,500 volunteers to make this a successful event, and I'm pleased to report that we're more than half way there," said Regional Project Chairman John Deuel. "This speaks so well to the region's commitment to volunteerism, and I know Hampton roads residents are ready to step up and make a difference here at home."
According to Deuel, more than 1,000 volunteers have registered to date, including a huge showing of crew members of the Norfolk-based U.S.S.
"The U.S.S. Harry S. Truman's participation in the Great American Cleanup speaks volumes about the military's commitment to being a good community partner," said Deuel. "We are delighted to have them on board, and we hope other commands will do the same. In addition, we invite corporations and businesses to urge their employees to work on a cleanup project as a team, which can be a great morale booster."
Cleanup projects for most every community
Earlier this year, Keep America Beautiful selected Hampton Roads as one of 10 national sites to host National Action Days events the last weekend in April, with an eye toward transforming regional parks, public lands, playgrounds and trails into cleaner, greener landscapes. Working with local municipalities in most of the 16 cities and counties, askHRgreen.org leaders helped to coordinate a wide variety of half-day projects from which volunteers could choose.
A few miles away in Poquoson, Evie Insley is organizing three projects on behalf of the city: a citywide "Adopt-a-Spot" roadways cleanup, a refurbishing of Pocket Park and a cleanup along the city's "blueway trail" between Messick Point and Amory Wharf that will require the aide of local fishermen.
"We'll be cleaning up both the shoreline and the waterway," said Insley, who is the administrative support technician for the city of Poquoson. "We thought if we had shallow draw boats on the water, it would work. We're also asking volunteers to wear their 'bubba boots' for cleaning up debris along the shoreline."
In addition to the cleanup and beautification projects, several organized collection events are planned for the Great American Cleanup. In
A complete listing of Great American Cleanup projects is available at askhrgreen.org/the-great-american-cleanup-projects-and-sites/, and volunteers can pick a project and register online. The deadline to register is April 6.
Giving back to one's community by cleaning up the environment is something that everyone should do, said Deuel.
"It's a great way for people to see their neighbors, meet new friends and understand how we're all connected to the region," Deuel said. "And, it's a lot of fun."
Join one of these Great American Cleanup events:
Bainbridge Blvd. & Freeman Ave. Gateway Beautification
Reusable Bag Exchange
Roadway Litter Cleanup
James City/Williamsburg Community Center Cleanup
Warhill Sports Complex Cleanup
Chickahominy Riverfront Park Cleanup
Chickahominy Riverfront Park Shoreline Beautification
JCC General Services Building
Jamestown Road/Powhatan Creek Canoe Access
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event
Newsome Park Elementary School Cleanup
Newport News Public Schools Support Center Cleanup
Newport News Park Landscaping Improvements
Newport News Park Maintenance
Perk up the Parks
Keep Norfolk Beautiful Day
Keep Poquoson's Blueways and Byways Clean
Pocket Park Spruce-Up
Port Norfolk Community Litter Cleanup
Shea Terrace Community Litter Cleanup
Booker Street Litter Cleanup
Trexler Street Litter Cleanup
Race Street Litter Cleanup
McLean Street Litter Cleanup
Tazewell Street Litter Cleanup
Liverty Street Litter Cleanup
Olde Towne Neighborhood Litter Cleanup
Truxton Neighborhood Litter Cleanup
Parkview Neighborhood Litter Cleanup
Cleanup of Suffolk's Shingle Creek
Princess Anne Commons/Landstown High School Cleanup
Plaza/Northgate Park Cleanup
Keep York County Beautiful Day
With a focus on simple steps residents can take to find their "inner green," askHRgreen.org is a region-wide public awareness campaign of the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission and the 16 cities and counties it serves. The campaign is centered around www.askHRgreen.org, a central, go-to resource for everything green in Hampton Roads. Site features include pages with easy-to-use green practices to implement in your home, yard, business, community and classroom, an interactive calendar highlighting regional events and the "Let's Talk Green" blog, written by a team of local experts who work in the region's municipal utility and environmental divisions.
About Keep Virginia Beautiful
The mission at Keep Virginia Beautiful (KVB) is to engage and unite Virginians to improve the natural and scenic environment. KVB's goals include becoming the leading statewide voice, providing a framework for improved communication and collaboration, cultivating and supporting sustainable programs, and engaging citizens by linking them to volunteer opportunities and information about 5 impact areas: Litter Prevention, Recycling, Waste Reduction, Beautification, and Education. Visit www.keepvirginiabeautiful.org for more information.