Vermilion County cleanup linked to U.S. effort
DANVILLE – Vermilion County residents have multiple opportunities this weekend and next week to help the environment by volunteering for various cleanup activities or by recycling electronics.
The local events are being planned as part of the Great American Cleanup, a national community improvement program that takes place annually from March 1 to May 31. Coordinated by Keep America Beautiful, the three-month program encourages volunteers throughout the nation to clean up their communities.
Last year, more than 2 million volunteers cleaned up 17,000 communities by collecting 200 million pounds of litter and debris, planting 4.6 million trees, flowers and bulbs, cleaning 178,000 miles of roads, streets and highways and diverting more than 70.6 million plastic bottles and more than 2.2 million tires from the waste stream, according to the Great American Cleanup Web site.
Coordinators encourage everyone to volunteer for one of the following local Great American Cleanup events.
– In Vermilion County, the first event will be an electronics recycling event from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at WITS, 1507 N. Bowman Ave., Danville.
Local residents can drop off computers, monitors, printers and more at the Bowman Avenue location. Volunteers who work the event can earn free computers in exchange for their time.
To volunteer or for information, call WITS at 442-9487.
– On Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m., volunteers will pick up litter along West Newell Road north of the Burger King, Wal-Mart and Menard's stores. Volunteer Nancy Gulick is coordinating the pickup. Wal-Mart employees also will participate in the event and provide food for the volunteers. For more information or to volunteer, call Gulick at 474-9177.
– Also on Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m., another group of volunteers, coordinated by Lara Darling with the Vermilion County Conservation District, will clean up Heron County Park, also along West Newell Road, but west of Illinois 1. For more information or to volunteer, call Darling at 442-1691. Volunteers will meet at the parking lot at the park, and registration is not required. Tools are provided.
– On April 19, volunteers will tackle Kickapoo State Park. Registration for that event begins at 8 a.m. At the pavilion northwest of the maintenance building. Work will begin at 8:30 a.m. Volunteers will pick up trash, prune trails, clean along the lake and river, plant trees and paint picnic tables and outhouses. To register in advance, call coordinator Paul Sermersheim at 304-8821.
Some of the volunteers will focus on cleaning up along the river and the lake. That group will start a little earlier, with registration from 7 to 8 a.m. at Kickapoo Landing, the brick building at the edge of Clear Lake in Kickapoo State Park.
Kickapoo Landing will provide canoes and shuttles for volunteers to clean up the river or the lake. To register for that cleanup, call Tracy Satterthwaite at 367-6442 or 446-8399 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lunch and a chance to win prizes will be provided at noon for all volunteers at the Kickapoo State Park cleanups.
For more information about any of these events, call Planning Committee Chairperson Dana Schaumburg at 497-3614 or Keep Vermilion County Beautiful Executive Director Lynn Wolgamot at 431-2662.