Taking its cue from the plethora of home improvement and makeover shows on TV, Keep America Beautiful Inc. has given the national 2004 Great American Cleanup (GAC) the theme of Family Hometown Makeover. For the local region, the Great American Cleanup begins April 1 and ends May 31.
Since its inception 18 years ago as an anti-littering campaign, GAC has grown to become a catalyst of real change for community improvement and beautification, and the nations single largest community improvement program.
In 2003, more than 2 million volunteers in nearly 14,000 communities across the U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and parts of Canada heeded the call to help clean up their neighborhoods.
Locally, groups such as the Boys & Girls Club, Dennis Nature Science Magnet School, Marquette School, In Youth We Trust, Mt. Olive Church, Loves Park Rotary, Boy Scouts and Rockford College, among many others, have gathered together hundreds of volunteers who came out to make Winnebago/Rockford truly clean and beautiful.
By participating in the Great American Cleanup, volunteers can make a positive impact on our environment and our communities, said Lori Gummow, executive director of Winnebago/Rockford Clean & Beautiful. Not only do their efforts beautify our communities, they also save our natural resources by recycling products that would have otherwise gone into landfills.
Organizations such as churches, service agencies, companies and schools, as well as individuals, wishing to participate in the 2004 Great American Cleanup: Hometown Makeover can receive free trash bags and a limited number of free gloves by calling Winnebago/Rockford Clean & Beautiful, 815-637-1343, or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.