Volunteers Needed For White Center’s 8th Annual Spring Clean May 14th

Volunteers are needed for White Center’s 8th Annual Spring Clean, coming Saturday, May 14th.

The theme this year is “Together for a Clean, Green and Healthy White Center,” and this is an event that brings volunteer youth and elders, business owners and residents, and diverse people together to work, clean and improve our neighborhood’s physical environment.

The cleanup will start at 8:30am and go until 2:30pm on May 14th, beginning at the corner of 17th and SW Cambridge Streets.

To volunteer, register online at http://whitecenterspringclean.tumblr.com, email [email protected], or call Nhan Nguyen at 206-694-1082 x166. You can also download a registration form here (PDF file).

“I hear people all the time say this is the event they look forward to each year, and we’re proud of how its grown to be truly driven by community interests and people power,” said Aileen Balahadia, Executive Director of the White Center Community Development Association.

The White Center CDA is a catalyst for a healthy community and new prosperity in White Center- so it’s a better place to visit, shop, and live. Asked why she participates in the Spring Clean event, White Center resident Julia Bautista Salinas said: “Everyone in White Center benefits from events like Spring Clean because it helps create a clean look for the community and helps erase negative nicknames. This event makes me proud to say I am from White Center”

In 2010, over 400 volunteers turned out for the Spring Clean event. Some of our projects were painting one block-long mural previously plagued with graffiti, picking up litter in the business district and around the community, giving out 25 planter boxes to businesses, removing invasive plant species at three parks, helping elderly and disabled families with trash removal, and hauling away four tons of garbage. Volunteers covered 70 neighborhood blocks and completed 19 individual beautification projects developed by local residents and groups.

The White Center CDA thanks the following sponsors for their contributions to this year’s event:

  • King County Housing Authority
  • King County Parks and Recreation
  • King County Food and Fitness Initiative
  • Impact Capital
  • Seattle Public Utilities
  • Waste Management
  • White Center Chamber of Commerce

To sign up as a volunteer, contact Nhan Nguyen, Neighborhood Revitalization Program Manager at (206) 694-1082 or at [email protected], and fill out the attached registration form. To register online, visit http://whitecenterspringclean.tumblr.com and you will see the link to register. Volunteers will receive a complimentary t-shirt, light breakfast, refreshments, and lunch.

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