KPWB Hosted Record-Breaking 2015 Clean-Sweep
Keep Prince William Beautiful (KPWB) hosted its annual Clean-Sweep on Saturday, April 18th. 140 volunteers worked together to clean up a section of the Route 1 corridor, running through Prince William County. Past volunteers, new friends, families, and even KPWB Board President David Byrne and KPWB Fundraising Committee Chairwoman, Marlo Thomas Watson joined forces to remove as much litter and recyclables as possible between the hours of 9am and 12pm.
There were 5 sites in total, canvassing areas of Route 1 and nearby shopping centers. KPWB Programs Manager and Clean-Sweep Organizer, Damir Grljevic, along with volunteer Alysha Newton, were stationed at Montclair Plaza and had 29 enthusiastic volunteers show up, including the 16-member team of the Marine Helicopter Squadron and 10 members of the Manassas Park Community Center. The River Oaks site encompassed the highest level of participation, with an astounding 41 volunteers. Led by KPWB Board Administration Intern, Jeannette Hodge and volunteer Pauline Hunter received outstanding support from the Omicron Chi Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and the Prince William County Chapters of The Top Ladies of Distinction and Top Teens of America.
KPWB PR Intern Michael Cunningham and Administrative Intern Patricia Dreischer were in the middle of the Marumsco Plaza, along with several families and participation from the Gloss Sisterhood, 24 volunteers in total. KPWB Marketing Assistant, Veronica Lusetti, and volunteer Patricia Higbee led the Station Plaza effort with 15 volunteers, including members of the Woodbridge Woman’s Club. Active volunteers Sarah Hodja and Nicholas Defilippis joined intern Latoya Jackson at the Daniel Stuart Square site, which had approximately 30 volunteers, including a large group from Harvest Life Changers Church.
Everyone that came out to join in KPWB’s efforts arrived in an extremely timely manner, if not earlier than expected, and truly made the most out of their time. The genuine outpouring of support and dedication was extraordinarily overwhelming. Our goal with this Clean-Sweep was to beat last year’s then-record of 1,999 lbs. of collected litter and recyclables – a goal we were able to successfully reach with all of the help and support from our many volunteers. Just over 2,800 lbs. of trash was removed from Prince William County in only three hours. Thank you again to everyone who was able to make it out and support KPWB, your contribution to our community will not be forgotten. We cannot wait to see you all again next year on April 16th, 2016 for our next Clean-Sweep.