Monday, February 18, 2008

Great American Cleanup needs volunteers

*Volunteers needed for Great American Cleanup*

About two million volunteers in 12,000 communities are expected to join forces this spring as part of a nationwide community improvement effort during the Great American Cleanup.

Keep Hillsborough County Beautiful is coordinating the event locally and expects about 2,000 volunteers to participate during the countywide cleanup on April 19. Check-in will be at 8:30 a.m., and the cleanup will take place from 9 a.m. to noon.

Every year, thousands of animals are entangled in or ingest debris, which often results in their death. Your efforts can help save many animals from this fate -- one that is caused by our carelessness.

KHCB is recruiting volunteers and local sponsors for the cleanup, which will take place at several locations throughout the county. Locations will be posted at closer to the event date.

More than 1,800 volunteers picked up 55,475 pounds of trash including bottles, cans and cigarette butts last year. We hope to have a greater turnout this year to make an even bigger impact. This is a great way to clean up your community and take pride in it at the same time.

KHCB originated from a group of concerned residents in Hillsborough County, who saw that litter was becoming a problem based on urban growth, lack of community pride and limited knowledge of disposal options. The non-profit organization is an affiliate of Keep America
Beautiful Inc. The Great American Cleanup was created to communicate KAB's message on the need to influence change in attitudes and behavior through hands-on involvement.

For more information on how to get involved with the Great American Cleanup, call (813) 960-5121.

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