Everyone can raise money for local non-profits by participating in Clean Communities Day on October 21st.
The semi-annual event is made possible by funds from a tax on litter-producing companies and a collaboration by Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space (FoHVOS) and Hopewell Township.
“We are proud to partner with Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space (FoHVOS) and organizations across Hopewell Valley on the Clean Communities program,” said Hopewell Township mayor, Kevin Kuchinski. “It’s amazing what our community can achieve when it comes together on these special clean-up days. I encourage our residents to sign up and join us as we work together to make Hopewell Township a cleaner community.”
Both individuals and groups can earn significant funding for area non-profits through the Clean Communities Program. FoHVOS and Hopewell Township disbursed around $7,000 in 2016 and hope to increase that amount this year. The community involvement is substantial as well.
“We usually have scores of people come out to volunteer their time. They represent a surprising cross section of Hopewell Valley,” said Lisa Wolff, FoHVOS Executive Director, “It is a fun way to get involved and earn money for your organization.” Over 100 volunteers representing 20 different groups throughout the Valley participate in each cleanup day, from Brownie Troops through Senior Citizen organizations and all ages in between.
- Open to both groups and individuals;
- Pay is $6 per hour for participants 13 years old or younger and $8 per hour for anyone over 13 years old;
- Location: Public Works Department, 203 Washington-Crossing Pennington Road, Titusville, NJ
- Saturday, October 21, 8 am – 12 pm
- Email Beth at firstname.lastname@example.org sign up
Local Girl Scout troop leader, Sue Dayner, has been an active volunteer in the program for several years.
“The girls in our scout troop love participating in this event because they can see the difference just a little bit of their time makes,” Dayner noted. “As leaders, we have appreciated being able to pick age appropriate locations for our girls to safely work in.” Volunteers can choose from over 100 designated clean-up sites throughout Hopewell Valley, so there is something for everyone.
About Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space (FoHVOS): FoHVOS is a nonprofit land trust that is dedicated to preserving the Valley’s character through open space and farmland preservation, and natural resource protection. We have partnered with private landowners, government and nonprofit organizations to preserve over 7,500 acres. To volunteer, donate, or learn more about FoHVOS preserves and programs, visit www.fohvos.org or call 609-730-1560.