April 4, 2013
For immediate release
Contact person: Carrie Koppy
NeighborWorks Great Falls
Carrie’s cell: 750-3606
MApril cleanup scheduled for April 27, May 4
The communitywide cleanup effort called MApril is scheduled for April 27 and May 4 from 8 a.m. to noon this year.
One of the primary sponsors, NeighborWorks, is seeking cleanup teams to work on local parks, roads, trails, and other public areas in Great Falls and Black Eagle. The civilian volunteers will join crews from Malmstrom Air Force Base in bagging and disposing of the winter accumulation of trash.
To volunteer to field a cleanup team, call NeighborWorks Great Falls at 761-5861 and ask for Carrie Koppy, or stop by the office at 509 1st Ave. S. to learn more about the communitywide cleanup program. Volunteers receive heavy-duty garbage bags, bag disposal and a certificate of appreciation acknowledging their work.
Every year, hundreds of volunteers have signed up to clean up a roadway, park or play area of their choosing. Malmstrom has committed several two-person teams to travel through city streets located in the NeighborWorks Great Falls target neighborhoods to pick up trash and litter in big military trucks. Other Malmstrom volunteers will be walking city streets and cleaning up garbage. Some neighborhood councils may also be sponsoring groups of volunteers to focus on their neighborhoods, and schoolchildren will be cleaning up around their schools.
Roger Bridgeford, general manager of Montana Waste Systems and the High Plains Landfill, is donating dumping fees again this year; the fees can run into the thousands of dollars, a huge donation to the local cleanup effort.
In addition to NeighborWorks, Montana Waste Systems and MAFB, other sponsors are the City of Great Falls, the Chamber of Commerce and the Montana Department of Transportation.
NWGF encourages team members that want to help to clean up areas important to them, but if teams haven’t selected a particular area to clean up, NWGF will assign them an area.
Batteries, paint, car bodies, large trees or branches more than four feet long cannot be picked up for disposal. Drivers can pick up old appliances, but people must call NeighborWorks and make arrangements ahead of time.
Maps and garbage bags can be picked up ahead of time by calling 761-5861.