Mid Town North Neighborhood Cleanup May 1

Neighborhoods make a community, and clean neighborhoods make you want to be there.

My wife, on many (many!) occasions, has pointed out to me that I tend to gravitate to the “clean” spots. When my desk is cluttered, I find a clean tabletop to do my work on. When the basement workshop is a mess, I don’t like to work there, and I put projects off. A garage filled with “stuff” makes it difficult to use for its intended purpose. Proving once again that she’s always right, I’ve noticed that when the yard is clean and nicely mowed, with hedges trimmed, it makes me happy. I just want to be there and enjoy it.

With that in mind, you just may want to be a part of the Mid Town North Neighborhood Cleanup on Saturday, May 1 (Rain Date is the following week Saturday May 8th).

Whether you live west, east, north, or south, you can volunteer to make this first annual cleanup a success. The area to be covered is from 7th and 8th streets on the west, to South Prospect and 13th streets on the east, Woodruff Avenue on the south to State Street on the north. If you haven’t seen the changes around SwedishAmerican Hospital and Lincoln School, this is a perfect chance to get to know the area and participate in a positive community event.

Help is needed for sign-in, setting up coffee and treats in the morning, passing out additional bags at cleanup locations, helping with cleanup, and assisting with lunch. To sign-up or for more information, call Kathy at Action Towing 964-9222 or Andrea at the City of Rockford, 967-6766.

Starting point and sign-in is at the Action Towing parking lot, 701 9th St., at 8 a.m. Coffee and rolls will be served, and you will get official pointers for the day (safety tips, maps of garbage drop off sites, etc.) and any tools you may need. Plus, at sign-in, you will be given a free T-shirt and a raffle ticket to win prizes. The cleanup work ends at noon with a lunch at Action Towing, also (sign-in is essential to get a head count for lunch, but you don’t need to be present for the drawing to win prizes).

What’s in it for you? Pride of community, the satisfaction of participating in a worthwhile effort, helping a neighborhood take a positive action, and enjoying a morning with neighbors and new friends…not bad for taking a few hours to help out.

A clean neighborhood is a place to be proud of, a place where you want to be. See you at the first Mid Town North Neighborhood Cleanup on Saturday, May 1.


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