clear What Are Some of the Challenges of a Community Cleanup?

You'll need help from other youth and a few adults. Recruiting a core group to support the effort can be a challenge because many people are busy with other things. Point out the benefits to the neighborhood and the whole community of cleaning up the site and encourage the idea of partnerships and friends working together.

Tackling a large project could require a whole weekend or even 4 to 5 days. Keeping volunteers energized, ensuring that all the materials are on hand, providing appropriate refreshments and sanitary facilities, and varying work assignments are all challenges. However, working in small teams, having group lunches or snacks as a break (with portable music, if appropriate), and taking pictures can all spur activity.

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Youth In Action Bulletin July 1999   black   Number 09