Volunteer Event Successes

Since the end of last week, we have had three amazing volunteer events!

On Saturday, Jan 12th, Keep Durham Beautiful, TreesDurham, Durham Rotary, Durham Community Land Trust, Duke Energy, Leaf and Limb, as well as the City of Durham teamed up to host an event in the Southside Neighborhood.. Thanks to volunteers who came out on a cold Saturday we planted 108 trees!  During the three hour event, we had about 90 volunteers come out. At the beginning of the day, we had a presentation on how to properly plant a tree, had opening remarks from Mayor Schewel,  and then let the volunteers go out in small groups led by volunteer tree keepers to plant the trees in marked spaces. A big thank you everyone who came out and helped!

In addition to the tree planting, we held a litter pickup that same Saturday at Mt. Holy Olive Church. Volunteers from the congregation, and from the Durham Police Department, helped to clean up the area around the church, as well as nearby Lee Street. Both groups were super excited to partner with each other on this project. Thanks to their hard work, the 30 volunteers were able to collect 18 bags of trash, 3 bags of recycling, and additional large items. About 490 lbs of trash was removed in an hour and a half! That is amazing! Congratulations to Mt. Holy Olive Church for making an impact on their community!

Yesterday, Jan 15th, we held another litter cleanup this time at Long Meadow Park. Seventeen employees from EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) picked up trash from Goose Creek which runs through the park. With all ‘hands on deck’, they were able to remove 12 bags of trash and 5 bags of recycling in the span of an hour and a half! Wow! Just like Mt. Holy Olive Church, these groups are making amazing and meaningful impact on the planet.

If you want to make a difference in your neighborhood, or an area of importance, through litter pick up, contact us at:  info@keepdurhambeautiful.org  We will be able to give you more information about opportunities and our tool lending library!

Here’s to a ‘Greener’ future!