How to Organize a Community Cleanup
Have you ever thought about organizing a community cleanup but didn’t know how to go about it?
Keep reading to learn how to organize a cleanup the right way.
A successful neighborhood cleanup is dependent upon how well it’s planned out. From building a team of volunteers to gathering the necessary tools and equipment, cleaning up the community takes time and effort.
Here are six tips organizations and individuals can use to successfully organize a community cleanup and get the word out.
Tip #1: Have a Plan
Much like a birthday party or a wedding, it’s important to have a plan when organizing a community cleanup. This includes setting 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.
“Consider adding a potluck meal or board game night, or both, to the plan to encourage people to help. We usually provide lunch for our volunteers.”
Sarah DePriest I Blackland Community Development Corporation
Tip #2: Choose a Project Coordinator
The project coordinator is the go-to-person and must be someone who is well-liked, responsible, energetic and can motivate others to complete their assigned tasks.
Tip #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, well, the community. 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 interested in helping. The project coordinator should designate a volunteer coordinator to find participants.
Tip #4: Promote the Event in Your Community
Contact your local media outlets to garner coverage before, during and after the event. 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.
Tip #5: Have a Strategy
Prior to cleanup day, gather everyone involved to review the workday strategies, distribute supplies and to answer any questions. Make sure all volunteers know where to be and at what time.
Tip #6: Throw a Post-Event Party
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.
“The most rewarding part is the camaraderie and the satisfaction of a job well done,” DePriest said. “Having fun while accomplishing your goal is the best.”
In need of a dumpster for your event? Budget Dumpster is always looking for more opportunities to donate dumpsters to organizations and individuals for their community cleanups, much like Blackland CDC.
If you would like to be considered for a dumpster donation or know of any organizations that could benefit from one, contact us via our Dumpster Donations. And if you would like to share any community clean up ideas, let us know in the comments section below.