Niagara Gazette


April 18, 2013

City, community groups ready for Saturday's Beautify Niagara


Niagara Gazette — Volunteers will each be given gloves and a supply of five garbage bags, and then they will spread out to get to work cleaning their assigned areas.

Though the official sign up is now over, Higgs says anyone else who wishes to volunteer is welcome to help out, but they might want to bring extra gloves and trash bags.

Even though Higgs reported 750 volunteers, she said she expects the numbers to climb by the time the cleanup begins. In 2010, there were 1,300 volunteers and in 2011 there were 1,100.

“I’m always grateful to the people who come back,” Higgs said. “This year we have the Cub Scouts, the Boys and Girls Club, it’s just such a diverse group. Business people, union people, teenagers, all kinds of people come to clean up.”

The Beautify Niagara clean-up has been going on since the 1980s and started as a promotion to get residents to keep their own areas clean.

If everyone took care of their own little corner of the world, this would not be a problem, according to Higgs.

She said there are plans in the works to organize small spot clean-ups of specific areas once or twice a month to help maintain the work they do each year.

The LaSalle Pride organization is also working with the NBC to help with the LaSalle portion of the clean up. Though most of the volunteers will be meeting downtown at the casino, Prince of Peace Church on Military Road will also serve as a meeting place for volunteers who wish to clean up in the LaSalle area.

“It’s a fun thing,” Higgs said. “We try to make it fun, there’s a picnic and everyone socializes. People feel like they’ve done something, they go home feeling like they’ve done something good.”

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