Volunteers with “One Street At A Time” will host their first cleanup of the year this Saturday, says organizer and Tift County Commissioner Melissa Chevers.
“After all of the rain and cold weather, it’s time for the sun to shine and see beauty that has been hidden by the winter months,” she wrote in an e-mail.
The cleanup will start at 9 a.m. at the corner of Highway 41 South and Southern Avenue. Chevers said if enough volunteers come out, they will take all of the streets in between up to Golden Road.
There’s a new group of volunteers this year. From the Tifton Day Reporting Center, under the supervision of Probation Officer Bryan Sain, he and three other officers will bring approximately seven probationers to the cleanup.
“The probationers are participating as part of the Restorative Justice Project for future graduates of the program,” she said. “Mr. Sain called and asked if he and his group could help with any projects that I was working on. This was the perfect opportunity to start the cleanup again. I never turn down those who are willing to pick up trash. You don’t find people who are eager to do that kind of volunteering.”
Chevers said since the beginning of the cleanup eight years ago, Debra Jackson and her crew from the Tifton Housing Authority have been part of the project, and they are willing to help again this year.
“With this group of young people, it never seems like a task, but more like gathering of fun because as we walk, I am given the opportunity to talk with them. They keep me laughing, but we have some serious talks also,” Chevers said. “Yes, we laugh, pick up trash and hope that the people who live in the areas realize that this is their community and take pride in helping it stay clean. My mother, Miley Hughes, started with us last year and she looks at it as her exercise routine. I am asking everyone who can to come out and volunteer.”