Mark your calendars! The 2nd Annual Great Jersey City Clean-Up is Saturday, April 29th, from 10 am – 1 pm. Part of the Keep Jersey City Beautiful initiative, the Great Jersey City Clean-Up is a city-wide volunteer event and a chance to tackle the trash in honor of Earth Day.
A tent will be set-up in each Ward and volunteers are encouraged to arrive at least 15 minutes early for a chance to eat breakfast, participate in giveaways, and pick up information packets. Trash and recycling bags will be provided and volunteers are welcome to bring their own helpful clean-up tools like gloves, brooms, shovels, and rakes.
For more details, including determining which Ward you live in if you’re unsure, click here to sign up and receive more information via email.
The volunteer website is also a comprehensive list of all volunteer opportunities and a helpful resource for finding opportunities to contribute to the community year-round. Volunteers can find an opportunity by searching a number of different fields: high need area, interests, skillsets, keyword, date, or even by organization. The site is powered by Cities of Service, a non-profit organization started in 2009 by New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, and Jersey City is a proud member along with over 200 cities across the US and in the UK.
The Keep Jersey City Beautiful initiative is comprised of three ongoing programs–The Great Jersey City Clean-Up, the Jersey City Mural Arts Program, and Stop the Drop. And the City’s signature anti-litter campaign, Stop the Drop, is a great way to continue the clean-up effort throughout the year. The program is a collaboration between the Mayor’s office, the Department of Public Works, the Department of Recreation, and the Jersey City Incinerator Authority, and has actively employed over one hundred teens and young adults, ages 16-21, every July and August in all Wards since 2013.
It is an invaluable experience, combining summertime employment for kids with community awareness and involvement. They work hard to beautify our city, 6 days a week, and residents can get involved, too! Visit Jersey City’s website to take the pledge to spend just 10 minutes a day cleaning up near your home, business, or place of worship. Anywhere you see a Stop the Drop sign has taken the pledge. Commit to daily clean-up to proudly display your own sign and make every day Earth Day.