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Cornelia McGee: Big Sweep makes huge impact on area

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Cornelia McGee, coordinator of Keep America Beautiful of Nash and Edgecombe Counties

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BY CORNELIA McGEE
Keep America Beautiful

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Thanks to the efforts of more than 420 volunteers making a mighty impact on the Twin Counties, an estimated 5,000 pounds of litter and debris was removed from roadsides, waterways, nature trails, parks and public lands during the Twin Counties Big Sweep.

Keep America Beautiful of Nash & Edgecombe Counties’ Twin Counties Big Sweep took place from Sept. 15 through Oct. 28. It was truly amazing.

Through the Twin Counties Big Sweep, Keep America Beautiful of Nash & Edgecombe Counties’ mission to make the Twin County area cleaner and more attractive by uniting efforts of government agencies, businesses, neighborhood groups, churches, community civic groups and individuals is put into action. We know that our participating organizations are bringing a sense of pride to our communities, making them cleaner, greener and more livable.

Across the Twin Counties, the volunteers invested 1,050 volunteer hours and cleaned 46 public spaces. The Twin Counties Big Sweep gathered 36 volunteer groups, including Edgecombe County Solid Waste, town of Castalia, Cummins Rocky Mount Engine Plant, N.C. Wesleyan College Science Club, Edwards Middle School Junior Beta Club, Nash Central High School Navy JROTC, Nash-Rocky Mount Early College High School Interact and Key Club, Northern Nash High School Environmental Club and JROTC, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tar River Region, Parkwood Baptist Church, Saint John A.M.E. Zion Church, Word Tabernacle Church, Happy Hill Community, Northgreen Village Homeowners Association, Brooklyn Community Watch Group, The Voice of Nashville Inc., N.C. Sierra Club–Medoc Group, American Legion Post #293, AARP Tar River Chapter #3942, Junior Guild of Rocky Mount, Friends of Battle Park, S.A.F.E., Alpha Omicron Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Michael’s Angels Girls Club, Misses Ladies In Action, Men In Action, Pay It Forward Civitan Club, Pride of Rocky Mount #681–OES/PHA, Mike Smith and family, Sandra Powell and family, Beverly Reynolds and son, Tim Dutton, John Wooten and Candis Owens.

Thanks to our Twin Counties Big Sweep sponsors, we were able to make this event possible through the support of the city of Rocky Mount, Edgecombe County, Nash County, town of Nashville, town of Castalia, Community Anti-Litter Coalition, Tarboro In Bloom and Keep America Beautiful of Nash & Edgecombe Counties. The Twin Counties Big Sweep Challenge volunteers were greeted with refreshments provided by Sundrop Bottling Company and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts.

We also want to salute our local media partners: The Rocky Mount Telegram, Tarboro Weekly, Nashville Graphic, WHIG-TV 17 and First Media Radio Group – for promoting the Twin Counties Big Sweep and helping us to raise awareness about litter prevention and removal, recycling and community beautification.

If you missed out on the Twin Counties Big Sweep, call Keep America Beautiful of Nash & Edgecombe Counties and learn how you can launch your very own clean up before the Thanksgiving and/or Christmas holiday to spruce up your neighborhood. Volunteers are also needed for our Adopt-a-Street Program which provides businesses, churches, community organizations and individuals the opportunity to beautify the Twin Counties by picking up trash along adopted streets.

For further information or to get involved, please contact Keep America Beautiful of Nash & Edgecombe Counties at 252-467-4960.

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