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Group to hold another litter pickup event Saturday

September 11, 2019
By MELISSA BILL (news@breezenewspapers.com) , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Lehigh Acres' population is booming and it seems so is the litter on the streets. That's why local groups such as Clean Up Events Lehigh continue to organize neighborhood litter pickup events to aid in getting the garbage off the roads and help keep Lehigh clean.

The group's next neighborhood cleanup event is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 14, at 8 a.m. Residents who would like to volunteer their time should RSVP to the group's Facebook page and meet with other volunteers under a tent, which will be located near the corner of 40th St SW and Joan Ave. S. in Lehigh Acres.

"Residents who would like to volunteer their time and meet neighbors can come help a couple of streets in Lehigh Acres look better. We will be in the southern corner of our little town. We will have bags, pickup sticks and safety vests" MariaElena Corradino, Clean Up Lehigh's Facebook Administrator said.

According to Corradino, the group works closely with Lee County DOT, Lee County Sheriff's Office and its own members when choosing potential locations.

"We try to ask within the group to see if they have any suggestions or ask our contacts from the DOT to see which roads currently need to be cleaned up. The Sheriff's Office also has workers doing cleanups, so we communicate with them to make sure we are not working on the same streets," Corradino said. "Some roads cleaned more often by the DOT, especially streets with sidewalks. We try to go to areas without sidewalks and ones that are not normally serviced."

While Clean Up Lehigh's Facebook page connects with the community to announce the various neighborhood cleanup events. Lehigh Acres Neighborhood Watch is the official host of each event and provides the tent, supplies, and handles volunteer sign in.

"We wanted to align with an official group that has a strong standing in the community, so we teamed up with Neighborhood Watch," Corradino said.

The majority of neighborhood cleanups are opened to participation by children, but their supervision is key.

"While kids are allowed to help, I ask people to read our safety guidelines and always make sure to keep their child's safety first," Corradino stressed.

"Participation can teach them how to be more involved in their community and be proactive. If there is problem in their community, they work to solve it. We also have high schoolers who need to put in community hours for their school programs," Corradino said.

Anyone who would like to volunteer for the cleanup event is asked to RSVP to the group online.

The schedule for the day is as follows:

- 8 - 8:30 a.m. - Check in at the tent

- 8:30 - 9:40 a.m. - Cleaning up

- 9:45 - 10 a.m. - Come back to the tent for a group picture

Corradino asks that everyone who plans to participate in the event read the following tips and information on safety during neighborhood cleanups. Guidelines include: proper shoes, clothing, dealing with hazardous waste objects and rules pertaining to private property.

To read before coming to the event: sway.office.com/nuGQl9Bl6hTSmmHP?ref=Link

Corradino started the Clean Up Lehigh Facebook group back in July of 2017 after adopting her own road to clean.

"Driving in my neighborhood and seeing litter was what got me started. I then decided to go online and research local groups who held cleanups. Then a started to help out with the Neighborhood Watch's cleanups and began the Clean Up Lehigh's Facebook page," Corradino said.

For more information on Clean Up Events Lehigh, visit the group's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/groups/CleanUpEventsLehighAcres/

 
 

 

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