Russell County’s local PRIDE Coordinators are looking for volunteers to be PRIDE champions and knock out litter during PRIDE Spring Cleanup Month in April.
H.M. Bottom is the Russell County PRIDE Coordinator. Ottis Skaggs is the Jamestown PRIDE Coordinator. Richard Roy is the PRIDE Coordinator for Russell Springs. Aurora Scott is the PRIDE Coordinator for the Friends of Lake Cumberland.
“If you want your community to look its best, and if you like to spend time outside with friends and family, then answer the call for volunteers when your PRIDE Coordinators announce Spring Cleanup events,” said Tammie Wilson of PRIDE, the nonprofit organization that sponsors the Spring Cleanup across 42 counties of southern and eastern Kentucky.
“When you volunteer, you become part of a winning tradition that has rallied 387,000 volunteers to pick up 755,000 bags of trash since PRIDE began in 1997,” Wilson said. “That’s why the theme on the free volunteer T-shirts this year is, ‘Be a PRIDE Champion: Knock Out Litter.’”
“I want to thank H.M., Ottis, Richard and Aurora for serving as PRIDE Coordinators,” Wilson added.
“I enjoy serving as the PRIDE Coordinator because I look forward to working with volunteers and helping to keep our county clean,” Bottom said.
PRIDE Coordinators are volunteers who are appointed by mayors and judge-executives. They work with the PRIDE staff to organize cleanup activities, recruit volunteers and track cleanup results.
PRIDE Coordinators now are planning each community’s Spring Cleanup activities. They will schedule cleanups and recruit volunteers to participate. They also will assist volunteers who want to plan their own cleanups. Some communities also will offer free trash disposal events or clean up illegal dumps during the Spring Cleanup.
PRIDE will provide volunteer T-shirts, cleanup supplies and funding assistance for local governments.
The 2013 PRIDE Spring Cleanup is made possible in part by a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the following sponsors: Waste Connections of Kentucky (Gold Sponsor), Outdoor Venture Corporation (Silver Sponsor), Walmart (Silver Sponsor), Hacker Brothers, Inc. (Bronze Sponsor), Lightyear Network Solutions (Bronze Sponsor) and Owens Auto & Truck Parts (Bronze Sponsor).
To volunteer for the Russell County Spring Cleanup, please call H.M. Bottom at 270-585-1416. In James, please contact Ottis Skaggs at 270-343-1632 or oskaggs@j_town.org. RussellSprings residents, please call Richard Roy at 270-866-3981. To volunteer at LakeCumberland, please call Aurora Scott at 606-679-6337.
A calendar of Spring Cleanup events will be updated regularly at http://kypride.org/calendar.
Already, April 10th has been scheduled as Russell County’s annual free disposal day.