Press Release:  Clean-Up Initiative

Press Release May 26,2020

Grand Island, NY – The Heart of Niagara: Highway Superintendent, Richard (Dick) Crawford, The Grand Island Town Board, The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce, and resident Debbie Whalen are seeking motivated community-minded volunteers and their family members to mobilize within their neighborhoods to clean up trash as part of an island-wide “Clean-up Initiative” on Saturday, June 13th, 2020, from 9 a.m. to noon. The event is rain or shine.

According to Crawford, Covid-19 has kept us isolated and indoors for the most part.  “It’s time to soak up the sun and beautify the area.  If everyone works together in their separate neighborhoods, on the same day, we are hoping to make a big difference in a few short hours.”  Crawford will be on site at the Town Highway Department, located at 1820 Whitehaven Road on the day of the initiative.  Residents who find large items or medical waste are asked to call Crawford at 716-818-6992 to schedule a pick-up. 

During this time, residents are encouraged to clean their homes and yards and dispose of excess trash, passenger car tires, and any items that could hold water and become a breeding ground for mosquitoes.  Volunteers will be needed for some additional clean-up areas that have been identified. The additional areas will be made public on the Town website and Facebook page as the event nears.

Volunteers must be 16 years or older or be accompanied by an adult. Participants are encouraged to wear proper attire (gloves, work boots), sunscreen, insect repellent and stay hydrated.  Wear a mask if social distancing cannot be accomplished.

If you have any questions, please contact Dick Crawford, Highway Superintendent, at 716-773-9632 or Jennifer Baney, Town Councilwoman, at 716-622-9006.   Send in your photos of your family clean-up to rdiehl@grand-island.ny.us, if you would like them shared on social media. Refunds from cans or bottles found and returned to the Highway Department, with proceeds donated to The Grand Island Neighbors Foundation.