October 16, 2012 |

Redd Ups, Pitt students aim to make a difference this week

An estimated 10,000 volunteers will take to the streets of Pittsburgh neighborhoods and many Allegheny County communities Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 19, 20, 21, for the annual Fall Redd Up.

Volunteers are split among three categories; school kids, college students and neighborhood residents, said Boris Weinstein of Citizens Against Litter.

Stash the Trash, a Pittsburgh tradition, will kick off the weekend when kids in city public, private and parochial schools pick up litter on and around their campuses on Friday. Most of the city's 90 neighborhoods answer the call on Saturday, Oct. 20. Clean Pittsburgh stewards say their clean ups start as early as 9 a.m. and continue into the afternoon.

Supporting neighborhoods for the fifth year will be "Pitt Make a Difference Day" student volunteers. Pitt's outreach staff has assigned approximately 3,000 students to more than 60 buses (and walking destinations) going to over 60 neighborhoods. Pitt volunteers will arrive at 11.a.m. and work until 3 p.m.

Removing litter and trash, planting and working on community gardens are among the Redd Up projects on tap, stewards tell Citizens Against Litter.

PA. Resources Council, Allegheny CleanWays, Citizens Against Litter, serve PGH and Pittsburgh Public Works—all represented on the Clean Pittsburgh Commission—combine resources to support neighborhood Redd Ups.

Groups and individuals interested in participating as volunteers can still contact Citizens Against Litter who will put them in touch with neighborhood Clean Pittsburgh stewards. Contact boris.weinstein@verizon.net or call 412-688-9120.

Participating in South Pittsburgh are: Allentown, Bon Air, Carrick, Duquesne Heights, Knoxville, Mount Washington, Mt. Oliver Borough, Mount Oliver City, Overbrook, PA. Resources Council, Pittsburgh public and parochial schools, Pitt Make a Difference Day, South Side Flats, South Side Slopes, St. Clair and Tree Pittsburgh.

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