Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful is currently recruiting volunteers, Site Captains, Area Managers and local sponsors to foster unity and strengthen community bonds through beautification and improvement efforts across Hillsborough County. The main event will be held on Saturday April 27 at locations throughout Hillsborough County.
The theme - Green Starts Here - is a call to action to create more sustainable communities by focusing volunteer efforts on activities surrounding waste reduction, recycling, beautification and community greening. Projects may include: community gardens (butterfly, vegetable, etc.), habitat restoration, invasive plant removal, litter free events, litter cleanups (rivers, roadways, shorelines, parks, underwater dives, etc.), landscape maintenance and planting (weeding, trimming, etc.), playground/park equipment restoration (painting, mulching, etc.), recycling initiatives (recycle drives, Go Green Night, art contests, etc.), storm drain marking and tree plantings/give-a-way.
Any individual, family, school, group, place of worship, business or government entity can coordinate or participate. Volunteers of all ages are welcome, although there is a restriction of 12 or older for projects along a roadway.
Upcoming Great American Cleanup events:
National Day of Action - Saturday, April 6
Keep America Beautiful has asked Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful to host a National Day of Action on Saturday, April 6, from 9am-12pm to kick-off the Great American Cleanup. Volunteers are needed to help plant trees, install a hydroponic garden, build bat houses and workbenches at the Florida Learning Garden a project of Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful in partnership with the Florida State Fair Authority. The Learning Garden is located next to gate 3 on the fairgrounds.
Earth Week - Monday, April 22 - Saturday, April 27
Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful is partnering with CSX to give away trees during Earth Week leading up to the Great American Cleanup. Contact us to find out how you can pick up your free 3 gallon Crape Myrtle. (Trees are available while supplies last.) Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful's volunteers will join hands to beautify and green their neighborhoods by planting trees, flowers and community gardens, and remove litter and debris from public lands throughout the bay area.
For information on how you can be a part of the 2013 Great American Cleanup, site locations and pre-registration forms, visit KeepTampaBayBeautiful.org
or call 813-221-8733.