More than 70 community volunteers worked side by side with – Duquesne University student volunteers to improve the beauty of the neighborhood. Everyone worked together to clean from 5th Street down to Hot Metal; from the river to the slopes. Almost 260 bags of trash and 70 bags of recyclables were collected.
Luci-Jo DiMaggio of Spiritan Campus Ministry at Duquesne University, one of the organizing departments behind the event, is thrilled that the event has become a real partnership with the community this year. “We were very happy this year to be collaborating with so many community organizations and businesses this year for the Spring Clean-Up,” she said.
This year's Spring Cleanup was organized by Duquesne University, in a partnership with the Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC), the South Side Chamber of Commerce, and the South Side Local Development Company.
The Cleanup was followed by a “Taste of the Neighborhood” lunch at the 18th and Carson Street parking lot, which included food, music, and a drawing for E House gift certificates. Local restaurants including JP's Café, Piper's Pub, 1889 Café, Hot Metal Grille, Zenith Tea Room, Pickle Barrel, Gypsy Café, and UPMC South Side provided lunch for the hungry volunteers.
“This year's event brought with it a great community atmosphere where residents were able to come out and meet their neighbors, enjoy great local food, and clean up their neighborhood all at the same time,” said Sarah Alessio, environmental program coordinator with PRC.
Sponsors of the event were: State Representative Harry Readshaw, Councilman Jeff Koch, State Farm Insurance Office of Darla Zeli, Bruce Kraus, and Elixir Ultralounge for their support. The South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association, Penn DOT, PA CleanWays of Allegheny County, and City of Pittsburgh Partners in Parks also donated supplies for the event.