Volunteers needed for the Great American Clean Up

It’s time to clean up, Biloxi.

The city and county are asking for volunteers, companies and groups to participate in the Biloxi Great American Clean Up during the week of April 16-22.

Throughout the week, individuals, families, businesses, organizations, and church and civic groups are asked to “clean up” neighborhoods or areas in the community or select a specific area in efforts to keep Biloxi beautiful.   

Then on Saturday, there will be an organized cleanup for individuals and groups from 8 a.m. to noon by meeting at the Point Cadet Plaza, 121 Cadet St., where trash bags, gloves and participation forms will be available. 

“We’re going to have thousands of visitors in Biloxi next month for the Conference USA baseball championship, and this is our chance to show these visitors why Biloxi is a great place to live and visit,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said. “But it’s also not just about Conference USA. Keeping Biloxi beautiful and litter-free needs to be a year-’round thing. We’re asking everyone to join this effort and make a commitment to do their part the week of April 16 through 22, and, frankly, carry that effort forward throughout the year.”

Participants are asked to fill out a form indicating the location of the clean-up.

Trash bags and gloves will be available at the Bond Grant House, 932 Howard Avenue, for participants from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the week of April 16-22 as well the participation form to indicate the location of the clean-up.  

The project is being conducted in conjunction with the Great American Clean-up and Earth Day.
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