Citywide cleanup set for May 4

Citywide cleanup set for May 4


On May 4, more than 600 junior high, high school and college and career individuals will spend the entire day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. cleaning up local creeks, roads and parks, removing graffiti and painting playground equipment for the city of Rockford and the Rockford Park District. These individuals will be involved in the work-a-thon called Earthbeat 2002, sponsored by Cross Current Youth Outreach (a local interdenominational youth and young adult outreach which impacts 1,000 individuals each week). This is the seventh year that Earthbeat has been serving the city of Rockford. As a result of this project, Rockford will receive more than 4,800 man-hours of free community service.

According to Pastor Jeremy DeWeerdt, director, Earthbeat 2002 will serve these important purposes:

l We feel it is important that our youth and young adults are community conscious and able to serve the city through worthwhile service projects.

l We desire our youth and young adults to be environmentally conscious.

l Earthbeat 2002 will assist municipalities with projects that might never be accomplished without a volunteer work force.

l Earthbeat 2002 provides Cross Current with the financial support necessary to continue to impact more than 1,000 lives weekly in a positive way.

Main locations are:

l Blackhawk Center—Teen Get-Away, 330 15th Ave.: Contact: Chad Bruegman, cell phone (825) 978-6179

l Harlem Community Center, 9400 Forest Hills Rd.: Contact: Sean Kelley, cell phone (815) 978-7862

l Kent Creek (head to Fairgrounds Park by the swimming pool): Contact: Taka Iguchi, (815) 978-6177

l Magic Waters, 7820 Cherry Vale N. Blvd.: Contact: Dan Valentine, (815) 978-8051.

Main contact person is Pastor Jeremy DeWeerdt, Earthbeat 2002 director, at (815) 378-0477.

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