SOUTHSIDE — The Friends of Cornstalk group is taking pride in their part of the world and participating in the West Virginia Make It Shine Statewide Cleanup.
The clean up takes place this Saturday, April 12 at the Cornstalk lake area in Southside. For details contact Toni Isbell at 304-812-0084 or Heath Miles at 304-389-0545. Volunteers are needed and welcome - from residents to 4H clubs to scout members.
Volunteers across the state are rallying to improve their local parks, public spaces, waterways, hiking trails, sidewalks and streets by participating in the Department of Environmental Protection’s WV Make It Shine. The annual event takes place April 1 - 14.
WV Make It Shine activities are part of a larger national effort, Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup, that is expected to involve close to three million people. Activities will include beautifying parks and recreation areas, cleaning seashores and waterways, handling recycling collections, picking up litter and removing scrap tires, planting trees and flowers, and conducting educational programs and litter-free events.
The 2013 WV Make It Shine Statewide Cleanup produced phenomenal results, according to organizers, with over 400,000 pounds of litter and debris collected by more than 6,000 volunteers. These “hard working” volunteers were also able to clean 134 miles of stream and 340 acres of park.
The WV Make It Shine program is part of the Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan initiative under the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. All of West Virginia’s volunteer-driven cleanup programs fall under REAP- The Next Generation.