How to Organize a Community Clean up
Community Clean Up
Have you ever thought about organizing a community clean up but didn’t know how to go about it? Continue reading for tips on how to organize a community clean up. A successful neighborhood cleanup begins with an organized plan. Start with building a team of volunteers to gathering the necessary tools and equipment, remember cleaning up the community takes time and effort.
Here are six tips any organizations or individuals can use to successfully spread the word and organize a community cleanup.
#1: Have a Plan
Much like a birthday party or a wedding, it’s important to have a plan when organizing a community cleanup. First set a date, choosing a location, determining how many volunteers you need and making a list of supplies you will need, such as gloves, goggles and tools. Because a community clean up collects a lot of garbage, debris and general waste you’ll need to rent a dumpster or two. Renting a dumpster means there will have to be a designated area in which the volunteers can bring whatever trash they collect to dispose of. Once the clean up is over call in for a removal and say hello to your new clean community!
#2: Choose a Project Coordinator
The project coordinator will be the go-to-person and should be someone who is well-liked, responsible, energetic and motivates others to complete their assigned tasks. This person should also be responsible for ordering the dumpster or dumpsters needed for the community. Don’t worry though call us at Waste Solutions 123 and we will make your rental process as easy as possible. Just tell our sales managers exactly what you want and we will help to accommodate you.
#3: Build a Team for Your Cleanup
After all, a neighborhood cleanup wouldn’t be possible without the neighborhood. Cleaning up a community is heavily reliant on volunteers and support from the community. To gain support, go out and talk to your neighbors. You don’t need an immediate commitment to get the word out. Also, talk with local organizations, such as churches, schools and community centers, these are valuable resources and a great way to find people who would be interested in helping. The project coordinator should designate a head volunteer coordinator to find participants.
#4: Promote the Event in Your Community
Contacting your local media outlets to garner coverage before, during and after the event is a good way to raise awareness in your community. Passing out flyers, sending neighborhood newsletters and hanging up posters in high traffic areas are also great ways to spread the word and generate interest in the community. Posting to social media sites and community bulletin boards will also help to get your cleanup in front of as many eyes as possible.
#5: Have a Strategy
Prior to cleanup day, gather everyone involved to review the workday strategies, distribute the supplies and answer any questions the volunteers may have. Make sure your dumpster / dumpsters are in place and all volunteers know what to bring, what to wear, and where to be / at what time.
#6: Throw a Post-Event Party
After all the work is done it’s time to celebrate! A hard day’s work deserves some post-cleanup grub, provide lunch and refreshments to all your volunteers after the neighborhood cleanup. This is a great opportunity for everyone involved to share their experiences and build new friendships. Don’t forget to thank your volunteers for their support and dedication to cleaning up the community.
BARNEY, PAUL. “How to Organize a Community Cleanup.” N.p., n.d. Web. Nov. 2016.