Clean Up Akron Month Coming to a Close

Clean Up Akron Month is coming to an end and while we’re sad to see it wrap up we’ve got plenty to be happy about thanks to all the volunteers who banded together to help create more vibrant communities in Akron!

So far TONS of groups who have volunteered to complete projects, cleaning up areas ALL OVER AKRON. We asked all volunteers to send us pictures of their teams cleaning up..

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Speaking of which, on top of all the fabulous volunteer work that’s already happened, we have TONS of groups going out on Saturday like.. Green Clovers 4H Club, Ohio and Erie Canalway Coalition, Preservation Alliance of Greater Akron, West Akron Quality of Life, Kings and Queens of the Most High God, Joint Service Project with Leadership Akron, Torchbearers and Keep Akron Beautiful, Open M, Western Reserve Land Conservancy, Bridgestone America’s Tire Operation employees, Robert W. Baird and Co. employees.

Thank you again for all the hard work, your beautification efforts make a HUGE difference!

Get Rid of Clutter and Recycle at the SAME TIME!

By Jacqui Flaherty, Program Manager

Want to get rid of clutter for good, but make sure it goes to a great cause? Check out these ways to get rid of items and send them off to people in need:

1) Video Games- The Get-Well Gamers Foundation believes that playing Madden NFL 13 can help hospitalized children forget their pain. Send new and used games to its California HQ.

A young child plays video games after a procedure at a children’s hospital.

2) Running Shoes- One World Running promotes health in the United States and the developing world by sending new or nearly new athletic shoes to American shelters as well as Africa, Central America and Haiti. If your shoes aren’t quite “nearly new,” they’ll be recycled into material for tracks and playgrounds.

3) Prom Dresses- Get rid of unwanted tulle at Donate My Dress, which distributes prom, Sweet 16 and quinceañera frocks to girls who can’t afford them.

4) Onesies- If your infant has outgrown his teensy wardrobe, pass it on to Newborns In Need, which provides essentials for a child’s first weeks of life to hospitals serving ill and impoverished babies. The nearest chapter of Newborns In Need to Akron, Ohio, is the Hudson Chapter.

Here is a photo of onesies and sleepers donated to “Newborns In Need”

5) Teddy Bears- If your kids rooms are filled with practically new stuffed animals, consider donating them to Loving Hugs, which offers children in war zones, refugee camps and orphanages a cuddly new friend.

Pictured here are children in an orphanage with the teddy bears they received from “Loving Hugs”.

6) Eyeglasses- New Eyes for the Needy sends your old eyeglasses abroad, bringing the gift of sight to places like Bolivia, Ghana, and Cambodia.

7) Men’s Suits- Have you finally gotten a suit that fits? Donate old ones to Career Gear, which offers unemployed men interview clothing and career counseling.

 

An unemployed man looks for the perfect suit to wear to his upcoming job interview.

All of these options are a great way to get rid of unwanted items from your home– a great way to re-purpose!

Want more ideas on doing your part, like recycling, to save the environment? Go to the left of our homepage and sign up for the Keep Akron Beautiful newsletter. All we need is your name and email!