At Downtown CREDO, we believe that a life of impact often starts with steps so small they seem silly. This is certainly true of our longstanding cleanups. Every month, we ask several groups of students, “why do we pick up trash,” and the obvious answers ring out: variations on helping the environment/earth and beautification alike.
A new answer is slowly gathering momentum in their minds, though: “because no one else will.” We can be the people who see trash and pick it up rather than waiting on someone else to do it on our behalf. It’s a treat to see students take ownership of their own neighborhood. A little competition among peers helps, too.
Our final cleanup for the school year will be a week from today: Wednesday, April 13 at 3:30 at the John H. Jackson Community Center (1002 Carter St 32805), but there are other opportunities throughout the city to join in local cleanup projects. Our friends and partners at Keeping Orlando Beautiful will be at the JB Callahan Neighborhood Center (101 N Parramore Ave 32801) on Saturday, April 30 from 9a to noon for the United for a Better Parramore Cleanup. Come dressed for a mess and join partners from the Orlando Union Rescue Mission and Carter Street and Callahan Neighborhood Associations for a morning of service.