Hercules launches volunteer ‘Team Up to Clean Up’ pilot program

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 In exchange for their volunteerism, each participant will receive a small giveaway to express our appreciation.
Refugio Park, photos courtesy of the City of Hercules.

A new pilot program in Hercules encourages volunteers to “Team Up to Clean Up” the city.

The program aims to enhance community safety and cleanliness through a series of monthly volunteer cleanup days held in different locations in Hercules.

In December, the Hercules City Council approved Councilmember Tiffany Grimsley’s request to ask city staff to develop a community cleanup pilot program. The city then built a list of volunteers who are passionate about keeping the community beautiful. This core group will serve as the foundation for the six-month pilot program, according to the city.

The City Council authorized the pilot program on Jan. 23 and allocated $1,500 from the General Fund to cover program expenses, such as trash bags, gloves, safety vests, tools and giveaways over the duration of the program.

The first clean-up event will take place on Saturday, March 2 at Refugio Valley Park. Residents can register to volunteer here. Participants will receive safety vests, trash bags and tools and a safety briefing upon check-in, and are encouraged to bring their own gloves, although disposable ones will be available.  Each participant will receive a small giveaway as appreciation.

The program will undergo review after six months to evaluate whether it is effective and worth continuing.

“We are thrilled to launch this pilot program that will unite our dedicated community members around the mission of making Hercules an even more beautiful place to live, work and play,” said Councilmember Grimsley. “I look forward to rolling up my sleeves and joining this collaborative effort to improve the Hercules environment and bring our community together.”