How to Organize a Community Clean Up (Friday Frivolity)

Last Saturday my son and I participated in a Community Clean Up of one of the main streets leading in to our neighborhood. Since the Friday Frivolity hosts have a rain / Earth Day theme this week I thought I would give you some easy ideas to help you organize a community clean up in your own neighborhood.

How to Organize a Community Clean Up: Some people complain about the trash in their neighborhood, others get the neighbors together to clean it up.

One of my neighbors did something that is almost unthinkable in today’s society. She noticed there was a lot of trash on the main street in our neighborhood and she took to social media. Big deal, doesn’t everyone do that when  something bothers them there days? But, she didn’t complain. She didn’t turn it into a political tirade. She didn’t break into a modern rendition of “What’s the matter with these kids today”. She didn’t say someone should do something.

She asked if people wanted to get together and help clean it up. And people were thrilled to help. She picked a day and a time, set up a Facebook event, and told people to show up with a trash bag and gloves. About 30 of us came and in less than an hour we had tidied up the 1.5 mile stretch of road. We got to meet some neighbors we had only seen around school or the grocery store and our neighborhood looks so much better.

There were a lot of young people, some of which were doing it as an activity with Boy Scouts or for service hours at school. And a certain 8 year old who desperately needs to learn there are other human beings on this planet and he needs to start helping them or he may not live to see his 9th birthday. But, I am not going to name any names.

How to Organize a Community Clean Up: Some people complain about the trash in their neighborhood, others get the neighbors together to clean it up.

This is from about 3/10 of a mile on both sides of the street. No, I am not throwing away the 8 year old… yet.

Everyone that participated agreed it was actually fun and we are planning to do the cross street soon.

How to Organize a Community Clean Up: Some people complain about the trash in their neighborhood, others get the neighbors together to clean it up.

The first piece of the day, a poop bag. Put it in a bag then drop it on the sidewalk. SMH!


How to Organize a Community Clean Up: Some people complain about the trash in their neighborhood, others get the neighbors together to clean it up.

His photo of me. ha ha! I bet you can still tell what I was holding.

There was lots of trash from the local coffee place and fast food restaurants and plenty of water bottles. Also, there were some rather nasty things you wouldn’t want to touch with bare hands. The one item I didn’t see was single use plastic bags. Yes, I live in California where they are now illegal.

If you are feeling inspired to organize a community clean up of your own here’s all you need to do:

  • pick an area that needs to be cleaned (park, street, etc.)
  • pick a day and time to meet
  • recruit people to help (social media and word of mouth are better than paper flyers or posters)
  • have people bring their own trash bags and gloves
  • arrange for the trash to be disposed of properly
  • thank people for coming, especially the kids

Depending on the time of year, you might also recommend people bring their own hats, sunscreen and water. And seriously, don’t forget the gloves 😉

Now on to the link-up! 😀
Friday Frivolity LINKY PARTY - the blog link-up for all things Fun, Funny, Happy, and Hopeful!


For those that are not on our mailing list, Sarah will be taking some maternity leave from the weekly party. She will be linking up and visiting and hopes to rejoin us as host when she is up for it.  Luckily, Amethyst is joining us as a permanent host. The four of us will still be visiting you all and sharing your awesome posts.

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In a fun twist, since we now have multiple hosts and co-hosts we will also have multiple FEATURES…. but you will have to go check out the other blogs to see if you were featured there! 😉
My featured post this week is The Easter Monster from Musings of a Thirsty Dad. Thirsty Daddy always has great posts, and I loved this one about the Easter Bunny. 

The Hosts:


Audrey is a wonderfully eclectic blogger, who not only can cook up a storm over on That Recipe, but also writes at Munofore – “MUsings NOt FOod RElated.” Munofore touches on humor, parenting, crafting, holiday ideas, tutorials, and more! Audrey talks about education and the Mommitment in her latest post.




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Lisa is an awesomely hilarious and authentic writer who marches to her own drum on her blog Syncopated Mama, providing an “un-labelly spot” for all the happily off-beat folks out there who have been wishing to find kindred spirits. She shares her adventures building a natural home, teaching her adorbs daughter, establishing and refining positive communication skills, camping, creating, cooking, and so much more! Lisa has a fun craft and activity for The Very Hungry Caterpillar in her latest post.


Jessica is an amazingly funny and smart blogger from Wales who writes at Babi a Fi on a whole range of topics — from entertaining vintage nostalgia, to technology tutorials, to book reviews, to raising her adorable munchkin, and so much more! Jessica shares her busy and stress filled week with us in her latest post.








Amethyst is a fantastically encouraging and thoughtful blogger, who shares new-mama adventures, self-care advice, book and product reviews and so much more over at One Sage Mama. Amethyst has a giveaway for #BabyLove: My Toddler Life on her blog right now.





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  1. Thank you for hosting this lovely party! Have a great week.

  2. Appreciate the shout out. Community clean ups are such a great idea. Great way to get kids to take pride in where they live and how it looks

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