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Volunteers sought for FM Community Cleanup

April 20, 2017 GMT

The Fort Madison Area Chamber of Commerce is coordinating a volunteer community effort designed to remove litter and debris from parks, recreational areas, shorelines and waterways, while inspiring generations of environmental stewards.

In past years, Community Clean Up volunteers bagged litter, swept sidewalks, and cleared weeds in an effort to make Fort Madison more presentable to visitors and the general population.

The 2017 clean up date is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday, April 22, rain or shine, with registration in Central Park.

To aid in clean-up efforts, Great River Regional Waste Authority (GRRWA) will be on-site for hazardous waste disposal. Call 319-372-6140 or 1-800-216-2370 for a complete list of accepted materials and to receive your appointment time for drop off.

“As a Service Group in Fort Madison we are always looking at ways to help make our community better and the Community Clean Up is a great chance for our members to have a direct impact in our local community. This is a great community event and the Rotary Club of Fort Madison looks forward to being involved in this for many years to come” says Matt Lafrenz, Fort Madison Rotary President.

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Gloves, trash bags, and maps highlighted with targeted clean up areas will be distributed to participants. Immediately following the morning event, registered participants are encouraged to return to Central Park for lunch. Groups of five or more are encouraged to call the Chamber office, 319-372-5471, to guarantee they can work together. The largest group will have their name engraved on a plaque that is displayed in the Fort Madison Partners office.

“Whether you have 30 minutes or 2 hours available to help, I encourage you to join in this city-wide effort. Come alone or get your friends and family together and meet us in Central Park on April 22nd” says Laura Francisco, Fort Madison Area Chamber of Commerce.

This event is made possible with the support of many generous sponsors and participating organizations: Scotts Miracle-Gro, McDonalds, Team Staffing Solutions, Thomas Klann State Farm Agency, Axalta Coating Systems, Great River Regional Waste Authority, MidAmerican Energy and Hy-Vee.