The Dew Drop Cleanup and Beautification event needs more community volunteers at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17. The group will meet at the Maranatha Baptist Church, 5820 W. Holsey St.


A group of local volunteers seeks the help of fellow community members to continue beautification and environmental improvements in the Pine Bluff and White Hall areas, according to a news release from John Pennington, Jefferson County urban stormwater agent.


“The purpose of the event is to amplify efforts to help protect the region’s water quality, support a healthy lifestyle, and increase the aesthetic beauty in Pine Bluff,” according to the release.


At 9 a.m. Saturday, volunteers will fan out to remove illegally discarded trash or litter, from roadside ditches. Volunteers will receive gloves, trash bags, tools, water, snacks, and a free T-shirt.


“Joyce Dees and Miriam Lester were two volunteers among a dozen that helped beautify West Malcomb Street back in July, and they decided that they wanted to conduct another cleanup in the area to continue making a positive difference after they were encouraged by Dot Hart and Jefferson County Extension staff,” according to the release.


Dew Drop Cleanup and Beautification event organizers and sponsors include the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission, Maranatha Baptist Church, St. Andrew Baptist Church, Arkansas Game and Fish Stream Team, Master Gardeners, M.K. Distributors, Arkansas Community Foundation, and Southeast Arkansas Stormwater Education Program of the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Office.


Extension Master Gardeners, homemakers and Arkansas Watershed Stewards are again organizing the cleanup and beautification event. Master Gardeners and Watershed Stewards contributed to the removal of more than 5,000 pounds of litter in 2019, according to the news release.


Anyone can contact Keep Arkansas Beautiful, Pine Bluff Clean and Beautiful Commission, or Southeast Arkansas Stormwater Program to receive assistance with a community cleanup event, according to the news release.


For details or to register, contact Dot Hart at dotleedunn@aol.com or John Pennington at Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service, jhpennington@uaex.edu or 870-534-1033 or visit http://www.uaex.edu.


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