Upwards of 10,000 volunteers are expected to participate in litter clean ups, tree plantings community garden maintenance and beautification projects in more than 150 communities in and outside Pittsburgh during the Fall Redd Up on the Oct. 25-26-27 weekend.
In the mix will also be projects supervised by Friends of the Riverfront, North Park, South Park and Hollow Oak Land Trust (Moon), Paddle Without Pollution and Allegheny CleanWays.
Pitt partners with Citizens Against Litter for its Pitt Make a Difference Day (Oct. 26). This year, its sixth, Pitt will bus more than 3,000 student volunteers on 77 buses to project sites.
“Pitt’s community service day has doubled in size since the first year,” said Boris Weinstein. He believes Pitt’s effort has become one of the largest in the 23-year old USA Weekend Make a Difference Day event that attracts over three million volunteers.
Volunteers are split among three categories: school kids, college students and neighborhood residents. Many schools will kick off the weekend when kids in city public, private and parochial schools pick up litter on and around their campuses on Friday. More than 80 city neighborhoods will answer the call on Saturday, Oct. 26. Most of these clean ups start as early as 9 a.m. and continue into the afternoon.
“On the back end of the Redd Up effort will be Pittsburgh Public Works and public works departments of dozens of other communities in the district who will pick up and haul away the litter haul estimated at over 100 tons,” said Mr. Weinstein.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 412-688-9120.
Participating in South Pittsburgh are: Adult Probation Day Reporting Center, Arlington, Beltzhoover, Bon Air, Carrick, Knoxville, Mount Oliver, Mount Washington, South Side Flats and South Side Slopes.