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This year, Green Up Cleveland will work with the Westown neighborhood on May 20, 2017 to clean up litter around the Variety Theater on Lorain Avenue, a historic vaudeville theater beginning a massive $15 million mixed-use restoration and renovation to return it to the neighborhood anchor it once was. Please sign up today to join us on May 20!

2017 Flagship Neighborhood Chosen!

Green Up Cleveland is pleased to announce that it is partnership with the Westown neighborhood for its third annual cleanup, to take place on Saturday, May 20, 2017.  Stay tuned – more details coming soon!

Green Up Cleveland Announces North Collinwood as Flagship Neighborhood for 2016 Cleanup Day

Northeast Shores Development Corporation Partners with Green Up Cleveland

March 7, 2016 – Green Up Cleveland, which brings people together to rally around a single day of community cleanup each year, announced today the flagship neighborhood for 2016: Cleveland’s North Collinwood neighborhood.

North Collinwood, home to the famed Beachland Ballroom, farm-to-table dining, and the up-and-coming Waterloo arts district, is also home to conscientious residents, affordable home ownership, a diverse citizenship, and gritty, quirky blue-collar roots.  It also boasts the longest Lake Erie shoreline of any neighborhood in the city.

On Saturday May 7, 2016, the Northeast Shores Development Corporation and Green Up Cleveland will partner to bring Green Up Cleveland’s annual cleanup event to North Collinwood.  Once again, the flagship event will mobilize a neighborhood for a day to make a powerful visible impact by cleaning up litter and trash.

Hitting the streets will be a large, orchestrated group of volunteers dedicated to trash pick-up, Court Community Service and their supervised work crews, and resident volunteers working with the community leadership of the Northeast Shores Development Corporation.  “We’re looking forward to this opportunity to build on what we’re already doing in Collinwood,” said Julia DiBaggio, Community Engagement Manager, “and to show through our actions how proud we are of our neighborhood.”

The event also has the support of City Council Representative Michael D. Polensek (Ward 8). “I know it will mean a lot to the residents and businesses who work hard to keep our ward viable to be a part of a recognized effort. We can show the rest of the City just how it is done.”

Green Up Cleveland is actively recruiting and accepting teams and individual volunteers from all over the region to make a focused, one-day impact that will draw attention to the trash problem that plagues so many Cleveland neighborhoods.  “Collinwood has a proud history, and dedicated residents that are making its bright future a reality,” said Sharon Holbrook, president of Green Up Cleveland.  “We’re eager to multiply their efforts to make the May 7 cleanup a huge success and to make Collinwood a leader in neighborhood cleanup citywide.”

Last May, Green Up Cleveland ran a festive, community-building clean-up event in the Stockyards neighborhood near downtown, drawing more than 150 volunteers who, together with nonprofit Court Community Service, collected more than 35 tons of trash.

This year Green Up Cleveland once again received numerous applications from Cleveland neighborhoods wishing to be the city’s 2016 flagship neighborhood.  “Trash is a major quality of life issue for nearly every Cleveland neighborhood.  It’s really a shocking volume,” continued Holbrook.  “And that’s a problem for everyone who lives in, works in, plays in, and loves Cleveland.  We need all hands on deck to tackle this.”

For more information and to learn how you can take part, please visit greenupcleveland.org, follow @GreenUpCLE on Twitter and like http://www.facebook.com/GreenUpCLE, or email the organization directly at GreenUpCleveland@gmail.com.

 

2016 Application Deadline Approaching!

To:          Executive Directors of Cleveland’s Community Development Corporations

From:    Green Up Cleveland

Date:     November 30, 2015

Re:         Selection of a “Flagship Neighborhood” for Green Up Cleveland’s 2016 litter pick-up event

Green Up Cleveland will once again select a “flagship neighborhood” for our annual Cleveland litter pick-up event to take place on May 7, 2016.  Last year’s event, in the Stockyards neighborhood, yielded several hundred volunteers and over 70,000 pounds of trash.  Working with you, we hope to top this in 2016!

The neighborhood selected will receive the following from Green Up Cleveland:

1) A large, orchestrated group of volunteers dedicated to trash pick-up in one or more high-impact neighborhood corridor(s) or area(s) to be chosen in partnership with the selected CDC;

2) All bags, gloves, and other necessary supplies; and

3) The services of Court Community Service (“CCS”), including its trash hauling vehicles.  In addition to CCS individuals and trucks working on the designated corridors, CCS will also assist block clubs with collecting bagged trash and tires they collect from sites within the project area.

To nominate your community as the flagship neighborhood, please answer the following:

1) Why do you want to be Green Up Cleveland’s flagship neighborhood, and are there reasons why your neighborhood in particular should be chosen?

2) Please describe the litter and trash challenges in your neighborhood, and identify specific problem areas to target.  (e.g. particular roads or areas)

3) What cleanup resources or events does your neighborhood currently rely on to keep litter in check?  How will you mobilize neighborhood residents to volunteer on May 7? Tell us about your block clubs and citizen involvement. (While GUC volunteers and CCS crews will work in the selected areas, we expect block clubs, residents, and neighborhood businesses to pitch in throughout the neighborhood too.)

4) Are you able to identify a community member or CDC employee to serve as a liaison between your CDC and Green Up Cleveland?

5) Who is/are your City Council representatives?  Can you secure the use of dumpsters for the May 7 event from your Council rep?  Please include a brief letter of support from your Council representative for your participation in this event; the letter should indicate what resources the rep can secure.  (We cannot necessarily rely on City dumpsters without Council rep obtaining them.)

6) Can you suggest potential locations for a “volunteer headquarters,” where we can offer volunteer check-in and restrooms?

**Please submit all materials to greenupcleveland@gmail.com by Friday, January 8, 2015. We look forward to hearing from you!**

We’re On Our Way, Cleveland.

On May 2, 2015, Green Up Cleveland ran a festive, community-building clean-up event in the Stockyards neighborhood.  Stockyards was chosen as the 2015 flagship neighborhood in a competitive application process.  The event drew more than 150 volunteers who collected more than 35 tons of trash.  Bravo!

Special thanks to the Stockyards Clark-Fulton Brooklyn Centre Neighborhood Development Office, the services of Court Community Service, our corporate sponsors and of course our VOLUNTEERS!

Let’s keep that momentum going – check out our partner events and plan to join one.  (And let the planning begin for next year’s big event!)

Announcement! Flagship Neighborhood Chosen for May 2nd Event

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Green Up Cleveland Announces Stockyards as Flagship Neighborhood

for Inaugural Cleanup Day

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Community Development Office Partners with Green Up Cleveland to Engage, Inform

and Activate Volunteers in an Effort to Improve Community’s Environment

February 5, 2015 – Green Up Cleveland, which seeks to bring people together and rally around a single day of community cleanup each year, announced today the flagship neighborhood for 2015: Cleveland’s Stockyards neighborhood.

Named after the Cleveland Union livestock yards located there in the early 20th century, the close-to-downtown Stockyards neighborhood is home to one of the most active West Side communities.  Stockyards boasts convenient access to the interstate system and an array of affordable rehabbed homes, new developments, and early 20th century homes. The neighborhood is part of the area governed by the nonprofit Stockyard, Clark-Fulton & Brooklyn Centre development corporation (SCFBC).

The Green Up Cleveland inaugural event occurs May 2, 2015 and will involve a large, orchestrated group of volunteers dedicated to trash pick-up, the generous support of Court Community Service and their supervised work crews, as well as local community leadership via the SCFBC Community Development Corporation.  Sasha Ottoson-Deal, Community Planning Manager for SCFBC said, “The residents of the Stockyards neighborhood are engaged and dedicated to keeping up their community.  We are proud to support their work and to partner with Green Up Cleveland.”

The event also has the support of City Council Representative Brian Cummins (Ward 14). “The Stockyard neighborhood has a strong tradition of active citizen involvement and I’m proud to support residents’ efforts to keep our community clean.”

All bags, gloves and supplies will be provided for the event and all participating members will receive refreshments and other considerations for their hard work.

“We are really excited to announce this flagship partnership with SCFBC. The neighborhood has a proud history and an admirable dedication to good stewardship.  We can’t wait to roll up our sleeves and get to work with them,” said Sharon Holbrook, president of Green Up Cleveland.

Green Up Cleveland received numerous applications from Cleveland neighborhoods wishing to be the city’s flagship neighborhood for the May 2nd event. “Cleaning up our city is all-hands-on-deck kind of work, and we invite and encourage both citizens and organizations to pitch in citywide.  We expect this event to grow larger each year, and we are excited that Stockyards will lead the way in showing what citizen action can do,” Holbrook added.

For more information and to learn how you can take part, please visit greenupcleveland.org, follow @GreenUpCLE on Twitter and like http://www.facebook.com/GreenUpCLE, or email the organization directly at GreenUpCleveland@gmail.com.