clear What Is a Community Cleanup?

A community cleanup brings volunteers together to clean, repair, and improve public spaces or other areas (such as vacant lots or abandoned properties) that have been neglected, vandalized, or misused. Cleanup projects can involve all kinds of public spaces -- parks, riverbanks, schoolyards, sidewalks, playing fields, and even parking lots, to name just a few.

A group of students in Brooklyn, NY, restored a children's garden that had become overgrown and filled with trash and drug paraphernalia. Working with older students, the city parks department, and the Cooperative Extension Service, the group members created a garden and became involved in the cycle of planting and harvesting. The garden is flourishing again because of their dedication.

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Youth In Action Bulletin July 1999   black   Number 09