It’s the first day of spring, which means it’s time to kick off the Keep America Beautiful ® Great American Cleanup ® , the nation’s largest community improvement program. Through this far-reaching effort, which takes place from March 20 through June 20, national nonprofit Keep America Beautiful’s network of more than 600 community-based affiliates and partnering organizations host cleanups, green-ups and fix-ups in more than 20,000 communities across the country, engaging more than 1.5 million volunteers and participants.
Keep Delaware Beautiful, the statewide affiliate of Keep America Beautiful is encouraging Delawareans across the state to participate by helping get the first state into tip top shape. Creating clean, green and beautiful communities takes everyone to do their part. By volunteering in the Great American Cleanup, you can help Keep Delaware Beautiful transform our public spaces into beautiful places – something we can all believe in.
Local hands-on volunteer events and education programs are scheduled to renew public parks, trails and recreation areas; clean, enhance and protect shorelines, beaches and waterways; remove litter and debris from roadways, storm drains and public spaces; reduce waste and improve recycling; and plant trees, flowers and community gardens.
The 2019 Great American Cleanup social theme – #cleanYOURblock – is a call-to-action to engage more volunteers and participants in public space cleanup, beautification and recycling events. Become a Great American Cleanup volunteer with Keep Delaware Beautiful by visiting KeepDelawareBeautiful.com. Our goal is that our volunteers will be inspired to take that experience home to organize similar, smaller-scale events in their own neighborhood – right on their own block – with neighbors, family and friends. Volunteers are invited to participate in a local Great American Cleanup event – or conduct their own – and then celebrate the hard work.“Our goal is to spread the word on the value of beautifying communities, educate and encourage volunteers to build a sense of community pride and stewardship, and offer experiences that help change behaviors in communities, block by block. Working together, we can help foster communities that are environmentally and economically healthier, while strengthening the critical connection between people and places,” said Julie Miro Wenger, Executive Director of Keep Delaware Beautiful.
2019 Great American Cleanup Delaware Event Highlights
One way Delawareans have been helping to keep Delaware clean has been through DelDOT’s Adopt–Highway program. Since 1990, the program has been a partnership between DelDOT and volunteers whose goal is make Delaware a cleaner place. Groups and organizations who sponsor a roadway agree to care for a two-mile stretch of roadway. During the course of the sponsor’s participation, groups are responsible for conducting and reporting at least three cleanups per year. DelDOT provides safety vests and trash bags. Signs marking sponsors’ involvement in the program are installed at the beginning and end of the two-mile stretch of adopted roadway.
This year Keep Delaware Beautiful is excited to be working with DelDot during the 2019 Great American Cleanup to help bring awareness to it’s Adopt-A-Highway program. Current Adopt-A-Highway supporters are encouraged to plan one of their 2019 cleanups during the nationwide movement of the Great American Cleanup any time from March 20-June 20, 2019. Those supporters should be sure to contact their local district coordinator to register their cleanup and secure supplies. Now is also a great time for new Adopt-A-Highway supporters to join the program.
Local District Adopt-A-Highway Coordinators:
New Castle County: 302-326-4468
Kent County: 302-760-2424
Sussex County: 302-853-1315
You don’t have to be a Adopt-A-Highway supporters to participate in the Great American Cleanup. If you are interested in organizing a cleanup in your community, contact us.