The Keep Antioch Beautiful effort, spearheaded by City Councilwoman Martha Parsons, piggybacks on the Antioch Police Department and Rivertown Preservation Society’s monthly neighborhood cleanups by organizing a one-day citywide cleanup on April 17 to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day (April 22).
Among the individuals and organizations supporting this event are the Antioch Unified School District, Kiwanis of the Delta, Antioch Military Families & Friends, Antioch Historical Society, Neighborhood Watch members, the Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch, UCBN, Target Stores, and the Crime Prevention Commission.
The committee is actively seeking volunteers to help promote a cleaner and safer Antioch. To sign up for the event, visit www.art4antioch.org or call 925-779-6137. You can also follow developments on the Keep Antioch Beautiful Group on Facebook (which has already attracted more than 200 friends). As of Tuesday, the total number of volunteer sign-ups was approaching 500.
Sponsorships from Allied Waste ($4,100) and from PG&E ($3,500) have defrayed the costs to the City of Antioch and its staff in these tough economic times. In addition, Allied Waste will also provide dumpsters and cleanup supplies such as trash grippers, latex gloves and buckets for glass. Honeywell is sponsoring a thank-you lunch at Contra Loma Regional Park for the event’s volunteers who work in the morning.
Antioch Unified School District schools are providing the gathering locations for each neighborhood, and dumpsters will be located on school property. Teachers will be incorporating the effort into curriculum, supporting a student poster contest and encouraging students and their families to be involved in the cleanup.
Those interested in helping with this effort by volunteering or through sponsorship should call Parsons at 925-890-2665 or e-mail email@example.com.