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Beautification group encourages the public to spruce up their neighborhoods
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Volunteers with Keep Dawson County Beautiful are encouraging community members to spruce up their neighborhoods as part of this year's Great American Cleanup.

Clean Your Block Party is a nationwide initiative that starts at the grassroots level of involvement.

"Most cleanup initiatives have a broad goal of impacting a community by involving a corporate effort on a public area or problem, which is a grand idea, but real change and real community improvement starts at home," said Robbie Irvin, the group's executive director.

The Great American Cleanup is the county's largest community improvement program that kicks off in more than 20,000 communities each spring.

This year's theme was designed to encourage and empower volunteers to bring the cleanup home and organize an event on their own.

"When we take ownership of our home streetscape, our neighborhood amenity area or playground, I think we put more personal energy into seeing the results not only come to light but remain in the light," Irvin said.

Local projects could include litter pickups, the planting of trees, flowers or shrubbery and revitalizing parks or amenity areas.

"This is a perfect opportunity for a neighborhood to come together, to get to know one another and unite behind a cause that they can reap the benefits of every day," he said. "Once you've had your event, we encourage you to celebrate your hard work and accomplishments with neighbors, friends and family."

For more information about getting started, call (706) 344-3500, Ext. 42334 or email kdcb@dawsoncounty.org.