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Volunteers sought for fourth annual West Side Spring Cleanup Day Saturday

By Clint Thomas, Metro Reporter
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The West Side Neighborhood Association and West Side 360 community organizations will oversee the fourth annual West Side Spring Cleanup Day on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22.

The cleanup of the West Side area will get underway at 9 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of Washington Street, West and Beatrice Street in Charleston. A brief unveiling ceremony of a new West Side 360 project to restore and repurpose a vacant lot at the site will be held, with community leaders giving remarks.

“West Side 360 has plans to make this project a reality on the West Side. Our goal is to transform a vacant lot into a focus of community pride. We know that our kids are the future, and we will give them another great opportunity to flourish right here in their neighborhood,” West Side 360 Coordinator Tricia Kingery said in a media release.

Litter removal will start immediately afterward around various West Side neighborhoods. The clean-up is expected to end at approximately noon.

Volunteers for the cleanup will be placed in small groups to pick up refuse from an assigned route of a few blocks around the West Side. All materials will be provided, including work gloves and trash bags. Work clothes and sturdy, closed-toe shoes are recommended. A limited number of free T-shirts will be available to volunteers.

The City of Charleston Refuse Department will provide assistance for trash collection, and the Charleston Police Department will have extra community patrols throughout the event.

The project is part of the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s statewide Make it Shine Program. The West Side Neighborhood Association is a nonprofit, all-volunteer community group. The West Side 360 program is a community engagement initiative of the Charleston Police Department.

“The Cleanup has been very successful in the past, with more than 85 volunteers who collected about 125 bags of trash just last year,” WSNA Board member and City of Charleston Neighborhood Planner John Butterworth said. “We hope to far exceed that this year, with help from other community groups bringing many hands along to help. The pride we all have in the neighborhood really shines when we get so many trash bags of litter off the streets. With help from the whole community, a few hours of services makes such a big difference.”

For additional information about Saturday’s West Side Spring Cleanup Day or to volunteer beforehand, contact John Butterworth at 304-348-8105 or john.butterworth@cityofcharleston.org.

Information is also posted on the West Side 360 Facebook page and at www.westside360.com


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