JOPLIN, Mo. – The 2021 Downtown Clean Team, established by Downtown Joplin Alliance, will begin cleaning up the Downtown Joplin area through a series of events beginning Tuesday, March 2.
With the help of volunteers, the Clean Team events will focus on removing trash and improving the appearance of Downtown Joplin.
The events will take place one to three times per month from March through October of this year. They will last for one hour, between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.
On Tuesday, the Clean Team volunteers will meet at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company, located at 506 S Joplin Ave. in Joplin, at 5:30 p.m.
Downtown Joplin Alliance will provide the materials, such as trash bags, brooms and gloves, but you are welcome to bring your own.
Lori Haun, Executive Director for Downtown Joplin Alliance, says the Clean Team events are a simple way to get involved in helping your community.
“People just come out for an hour and it gives them an easy way to contribute to making their city a better place,” said Haun.
Partnering with Joplin Parks and Recreation, Downtown Joplin Alliance began hosting the events about 5 years ago. It all started when DJA realized that Downtown Joplin’s flower beds were in bad shape. Haun reached out to Joplin Parks and Rec for help.
“‘If you guys can get us some mulch, I’ll get some volunteers together. We’ll weed the beds, we’ll mulch the beds – they need to look better,'” Haun recalls telling Joplin Parks and Rec.
The cause has gradually grown and evolved. Starting last year, clean-up events have been taking place at least 16 times per year. The events will incorporate tending to flower beds again in the near future.
If you are interested in attending a Clean Team event, sign up to become a volunteer on the Clean Team’s sign-up page.
If you are unable to attend a Clean Team event but still want to help, Haun says you can focus on cleaning up your own neighborhood.
“Spend 30 minutes and pick up around your neighborhood, pick up along the streets… If everybody just picked up a few pieces of trash every time they went out, our city would be beautiful and clean,” said Haun. “Wouldn’t it be great if it was a whole city-wide thing?”
Contact Downtown Joplin Alliance with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 417-501-9649.