Hillsville’s second annual “Team-Up to Clean-Up” is about a lot more than trash talking. Organizers have found out picking up is as good for appearances as it is for morale. Long-time Friends of Hillsville member Teresa Catron said the event is set for April 30.
“The purpose from the beginning for the Friends Of Hillsville, who hosts this event, is to get people proud of their town,” said Catron. “It goes beyond picking up litter. It bonds people together.”
She explained the opportunity for “hands-on” participation gets citizens more invested in where they live. Other benefits include getting to be out with neighbors.
Catron said she is hoping for better weather this spring. She said last year’s event enjoyed a good turnout even in 42-degree weather with drizzle. Teams can be from local churches, businesses, civic organizations, a group of friends or individuals. Trash bags and gloves are provided.
“We cleaned up miles of road in Hillsville,” Catron said. “The bags picked up were a Mount Trashmore. We had a ton of stuff.”
One change this year in Team-Up to Clean-Up is a truck will be driven around within town limits to pick up the bags of litter collected. Catron said those living outside of the town limits can also participate but they will have to bring litter they collect into town.
A free picnic will be held for volunteeers who register with sign-up required to help organizers plan for the meal. Team Up to Clean-Up participants will meet at Parnell’s Driving Range at 1303 South Main Street on April 30. Registration will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. with the actual clean up held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with the picnic (back at the driving range) set to start at 2:30 p.m. at the Driving Range. Participants may preregister by emailing Catron at [email protected] or by calling 276-728-2901.
“We’re really hoping to encourage more businesses to participate this year,” said Catron. “When a business registers a lot of posting occurs (on social media). Their name gets out there more. It’s a good way for businesses and customers to network. We had so much fun last year. The picnic afterwards was wonderful.”
Catron said even if citizens can’t participate they are encouraged to contact the Friends of Hillsville with areas they feel need attention by Clean-Up volunteers. Information may be obtained at https://www.facebook.com/friendsofhillsville/ or at https://www.facebook.com/keephillsvilleclean/.
David Broyles may be reached at 276-779-4013 or on [email protected]