Thank you for your support through years of volunteer service that OCS has provided to the City of New Bedford. It is truly because of your support and encouragement that OCS has been able to carry on its work.
Through classroom presentations and school-based organized cleanups, OCS team members have reached close to 4,000 students and educators from grades 3 through college.
As part of our public education outreach, OCS created a public service announcement on Cable Access about responsible disposal of household waste and the importance of recycling. Team members encouraged the Mayor’s office to insert informational flyers into water bills to notify homeowners about how to set out trash properly in order to avoid violations. We are in support of the City Department employees whose job it is to enforce the City Ordinances. We advocate for homeowners and business owners to take personal responsibility and be accountable for keeping their properties free and clear of litter as well as disposing of household waste in accordance with the law.
In the past 14 years, over 7500 volunteers from all segments of the community have participated in neighborhood cleanups. These dedicated volunteers performed over 25,000 hours of community service and cleaned over 84 tons of trash from many miles of New Bedford streets.
Based on information provided by the Corporation for National Community Service, we estimate the value of volunteer service that Operation Clean Sweep has provided to New Bedford to be over $638,000. Generous donors of In-Kind goods and services total many thousands of dollars as well. OCS was the recipient of new grant in 2012 from the Community Foundation, for which we are very grateful, to help fund our Educational Programs. The United Way’s Community Building Mini-Grant Program, fundraisers and monetary contributions have helped us to purchase the tools and supplies necessary for education, advocacy and organized cleanups.
The Team members of OCS are proud of our work and appreciate that we have attained such success with your help and support. Thank you so very much.
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Until next time, Keep Your Little Part of the World, Clean!
Lynn A. Coish