Community Organizes Trashforce

DEC15tr3rgbWhen Amy Hammes moved to Mid-city she was impressed with the amount of civic action she encountered. She saw neighbors rolling up their sleeves and making their communities better.   Her interests and profession had always been focused on issues of waste and litter so she began looking for local volunteer clean up events and began volunteering for CD 10 sponsored Saturday clean ups.  

“These attract a good amount of participation and attention and I really enjoy them because they are fun and you really feel good about what was accomplished that morning”.  

When she began to look for a volunteer group to clean up her neighborhood in the West Adams area she came up empty. 

DEC15tr2rgb2“What I did find were a few individuals, like Krishna in Western Heights, on their own crusade posting about their clean up efforts like power washing bus stations or cleaning up illegal dumping, but these were always after the fact.”   

In an effort to have a more consistent and coordinated approach where people could easily join in the project, she created the West Adams Trashforce.

They focus on all of the neighborhoods within the West Adams community and in the hopes of inspiring more participation, they choose well-traveled and visible areas as well as approach home-owners or businesses that might want information about ways to keep their neighborhood trash free.  To that end a postcard that can be handed out is in the making. 

Dec15tr5When the group meets at the Benny Potter Park in the West Adams Avenues, (every 3rd Saturday at 9am) they first discuss short and long term goals and projects, then they designate an area within West Adams where they will  they spend the next two hours cleaning up. The first clean up in October was on Arlington, bordering between West Adams Avenues and Kinney Heights just south of the 10 freeway.  Their November clean up focused on Jefferson Blvd. at the newly renovated Leslie Shaw Park. Their next session is Saturday, December 21st from 9am till 11:30am.

If you want to join just show up at the Benny Potter park on the 3rd Saturdays at 9 am. Check out their Facebook page for more information. 


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