Adair County’s local PRIDE Coordinators are looking for volunteers to pick up litter during the 20th annual PRIDE Spring Cleanup Month in April.
“This will be the 20th anniversary of the Spring Cleanup, and we want to invite all Adair County residents to help us celebrate,” said Tammie Wilson of PRIDE, which is the nonprofit organization that organizes the Spring Cleanup across 42 counties of southern and eastern Kentucky.
“Since the first Spring Cleanup in 1998, 433,460 people have volunteered with PRIDE, and more than 850,000 bags of trash and 970,000 tires have been pulled from our landscape,” Wilson said. “Those are amazing numbers, but our region always needs one more volunteer: you!”
“If you want your community to look its best, and if you like to spend time outside with friends and family, then volunteer during the Spring Cleanup,” she added. “You can work with your PRIDE Coordinator to clean an area important to you, or you can join Spring Cleanup event already planned for your community. PRIDE will provide the trash bags, safety vests and gloves for Spring Cleanup volunteers.”
In Adair County, Andrea Wagner and Bridgett Compton are the PRIDE Co-Coordinators. Rhonda Loy is the PRIDE Coordinator for the City of Columbia. Douglas Keaton is the Lindsey Wilson College PRIDE Coordinator.
“I want to thank Andrea, Bridgett, Rhonda and Douglas for serving as PRIDE Coordinators,” Wilson said.
PRIDE Coordinators are volunteers who are appointed by mayors and judge-executives. They work with the PRIDE staff to organize cleanup activities, recruit volunteers and track cleanup results.
PRIDE Coordinators now are planning local Spring Cleanup activities. They will schedule cleanups and recruit volunteers to participate. They also will assist volunteers who want to plan their own cleanups.
To become a Spring Cleanup volunteer, please call Adair County PRIDE Co-Coordinators Andrea Wagner and Bridgett Compton at 384-4703. In Columbia, please call Rhonda Loy at 384-2501. At Lindsey Wilson College, please call Douglas Keaton at 384-8066.
For Spring Cleanup events near you, watch www.kypride.org.
PRIDE, which stands for “Personal Responsibility In a Desirable Environment,” was founded in 1997 by Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-5) and the late James Bickford, who was the Kentucky Secretary for Natural Resources and Environmental Protection. The PRIDE mission is to contribute to the economic and cultural growth of southern and eastern Kentucky by improving water quality, cleaning up solid waste problems and advancing environmental education, in order to improve living conditions for its residents while enhancing the potential for tourism industry growth in the region. For more information visit he PRIDE web site at www.kypride.org.