Whether you’re a small business owner who wants to give back to your community, or just a good citizen who wants to help, one of the best ways to do that is by organizing a neighborhood cleanup. Here are some suggestions to increase your chances of success.
This is something that you shouldn’t rush. Plan it well in advance, maybe a month before your target date. Meet with your neighborhood or homeowners’ association, the volunteer group, school or whatever organization, or even the general public that will be participating in this cleanup so you can start pooling ideas. Vote on a date. Spring is a good time. When you’ve decided on a date, schedule with your hauler.
Do Some Research
Know what you can about the target area for cleanup. This will give you an idea of the kind of cleanup you’ll be doing. For example, it can help you decide whether you need remediation; Utah companies can help you with such, but you should schedule early with them, says an expert from Envirocarehazmat.com.
Know What You Need
Here is a list of what you and your volunteers will be needing for your cleanup drive:
- Safety vests and heavy duty work gloves
- Insect repellent to protect volunteers from bites
- Trash bags and buckets (for sharp objects)
- First aid kits
- Rakes and shovels and other tools for cleaning
- Cellphones or radios
Volunteers can use whatever they already have in their garden sheds, such as wheelbarrows and grass cutters. Simply remind them to take care of their own tools so they don’t lose them.
Designate a photographer. Your team leaders can also act as the photographers for their respective team. They can use their smartphone cameras. If you have a community website, these photos should appear on it. Designate someone to write a short article regarding your activity.
For further documentation, use a logbook for listing your volunteers’ names, phone numbers, and addresses. This is also where you write down the minutes of your meetings, suggestions, and items that you need.
A neighborhood cleanup shouldn’t be too hard to organize. It is, after all, for the good of everyone in your community.