Parts of Pottstown got a clean sweep in a recent community cleanup organized by Hobart’s Run, a neighborhood initiative.
The crew tackled the King, Chestnut, and Walnut Street blocks from Bailey to Washington, as well as their cross-streets.
Victory Christian Life Center (VCLC), King and Washington streets, served as the rally point and site of a post-cleanup Little Italy’s pizza party hosted by Hobart’s Run for all volunteers.
In addition to VCLC participants, workers included neighbors, members of The Hill School basketball team, and other Hill School student and faculty representatives.
Twila Fisher, executive director of Hobart’s Run, said she was very pleased with the community cleanup effort.
“It’s amazing how great the streets look after only two hours of effort,” she said, looking up and down King Street as volunteers enjoyed lunch, played music, and introduced themselves to one another.
“Meeting new Pottstown residents is one of the best aspects of these events,” said Cathy Skitko, director of communications and community relations for Hobart’s Run. “Several neighbors came out of their homes to pitch in, say thank you, and ask about Hobart’s Run’s programs,” she added.
Ways to Get Involved
The Hobart’s Run Adopt-a-Trashcan initiative is one effort that is helping borough residents keep their sidewalks and gutters cleaner. Hobart’s Run provides a sturdy outdoor-quality trashcan with a lid to individuals free of charge in exchange for pledges to add the accumulated waste to their weekly collections and change the bags routinely.
The nonprofit continually seeks sponsors for the Adopt-a-Trashcan effort, as the bins cost Hobart’s Run about $200 each. Sponsors are recognized through their logoed stickers attached to the bins.
Businesses or individuals who would like to demonstrate their civic mindset by sponsoring a bin or bins can also contact Hobart’s Run or find out more online. Hobart’s Run also is looking for block captains to help keep friendly eyes on the King, Chestnut, and Walnut street section of its neighborhood improvement district and to support endeavors like the litter pickups.
Potential captains should contact Twila Fisher.
The Sept. 24 cleanup effort in Pottstown drew great numbers of volunteers for the Hobart’s Run community-improvement initiative.