For immediate release: Jan. 27, 2017
Contact: Rachel Gordon, 415-554-6045
Community Clean Team Returns Saturday for a Robust 2017 Season
Volunteers to Spruce up Schools, Parks and Streets in District 2 Neighborhoods
San Francisco, CA – Community Clean Team, Public Works’ largest and longest-running volunteer program, is back for another season of cleaning and greening San Francisco neighborhoods.
More than 150 volunteers are expected to join Public Works crews and Supervisor Mark Farrell on Saturday, Jan. 28, to spruce up the Marina, Russian Hill and surrounding neighborhoods in District 2.
Volunteers will perform beautification jobs, including planting trees, painting over graffiti, removing weeds and picking up litter to improve their neighborhoods. The work will take place on and around schools, commercial corridors and parks.
“Pitching in to keep our neighborhoods clean creates a sense of civic pride and creates stronger neighborhoods,” said Supervisor Farrell. “I am grateful to the Community Clean Team for leading the effort to build community and keep our neighborhoods clean.”
Saturday’s event will launch the 2017 season of Community Clean Team, marking the program’s 17th year. Last year, some 2,500 volunteers helped plant more than 70 city trees and remove nearly 17,000 pounds of green waste from public spaces.
“Community Clean Team is very special to Public Works. It is amazing to see so many volunteers come from all over the City, working alongside our employees, to make our neighborhoods more beautiful and welcoming,” said San Francisco Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru, who has been with the program since Day One.
Each month, Community Clean Team visits a different supervisorial district. After each workday, volunteers gather to share a communal meal and celebrate community.
Photo Opportunities at Saturday’s event include:
The program’s success relies on the many sponsors and volunteer organizations that pitch in. They include: 76, Starbucks, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Friends of the Urban Forest, The Garden Project, Emerald Fund, The Hilton, Recology, Academy of Art University, United Playaz, Westmoor’s Red Cross Club, Mission Neighborhood Centers, Walgreens, Luxor Cabs, San Francisco Clean City Coalition, Local 261, Got Graffiti, San Francisco Parks Alliance, San Francisco Housing Authority, San Francisco Pretrial Diversion Project, San Francisco Recreation and Parks, Community Youth Center San Francisco, San Francisco Unified School District, Tzu-Chi Foundation, SF GEO Care, Westmore Eco Hero Club, and SF Environment.
More information about volunteer opportunities with San Francisco Public Works can be found at www.sfpublicworks.org/volunteer.
About San Francisco Public Works: The 24/7 City agency cleans and resurfaces streets; plants and nurtures City-maintained street trees; designs, constructs and maintains City-owned facilities; inspects streets and sidewalks; builds curb ramps; eradicates graffiti; partners with neighborhoods; trains people for jobs; greens the right of way; and educates our communities.