Grant to aid litter cleanup effort


Staff Writer

Sunday, December 10, 2017

The Rocky Mount City Council has received a grant to help pay local halfway house residents to clean up litter in the city limits.

“A cleaner, greener Rocky Mount is even closer to fruition thanks to a grant from the Futrell-Mauldin Community Fund for Greater Rocky Mount, a component of the NC Community Foundation,” said Tameka Kenan-Norman, the city's chief communications and marketing officer.

The $1,000 grant will help employ residents of the Christian Fellowship Home and clients of Tri-County Industries in the Rocky Mount Litter Cleanup Project, said Cornelia McGee, director of Keep America Beautiful in Nash and Edgecombe Counties. She wrote the grant for the city.

“I am excited about the opportunity for the city of Rocky Mount to partner with the Futrell-Mauldin Community Fund for Greater Rocky Mount,” McGee said. “I am further confident that this amazing grant opportunity will afford up to eight residents at Christian Fellowship Home and Tri-County Industries employment and a more stable quality of life. The grant will also help to reduce litter and restore cleanliness to our roadsides.”

In previous years, residents of Fountain Women’s Correctional Institute were paid by the state to keep the area clean. When the prison closed, litter cleanup was discontinued. The city now funds the Litter Cleanup Project, which began in March.

The litter crew has retrieved a total of 2,027 bags of trash, an estimated 40,540 pounds of trash, 149 signs and 15 tires. From March 1 through Nov. 10, the crew has worked more than 4,300 hours on litter cleanup.

The program is one of many ways the city works to keep the area attractive to visitors, investors and residents, Kenan-Norman said.

“The key to keeping Rocky Mount beautiful is a collective effort to reduce, reuse and recycle,” Kenan-Norman said.