Auburn, WA

Auburn Washington Hosts Annual Clean Sweep Event

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Auburn’s Mayor Invites you to celebrate Earth Day together.

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Every year, Auburn welcomes its citizens to participate in an annual cleanup and beautification day.

This year, the plan is to hold it on April 24, 2021.

This day honors Earth Day, which is held every year on April 22.

The Mayor, Nancy Backus, is excited to announce Auburn’s annual Clean Sweep 2021.

If you haven't had a chance to participate in the past, this is a great way to join with your neighbors in beautifying our community

It’s time to dust off our shovels and roll up our sleeves to benefit our community.

Don’t forget to put on work gloves as well.

The Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation Department is organizing events for the day. They will assign small groups to projects in and around the city, ensuring Covid safety guidelines are met at each location.

Projects will include clean-up and beautification efforts such as landscaping, weeding, and other projects at park sites, trails, and other sites in and around Auburn.

As a volunteer, you can choose a specific project or make a request to be assigned where the need is greatest. Either way, your support as a volunteer is greatly appreciated.

We invite you to join as a group, wear t-shirts that support your special cause or use it as a way to get together with friends or family.

If you are part of a service club, church, scouting troops, or business, this could also be a great way to spend time together safely outdoors while enriching our city!

The City would normally hold a large gathering and breakfast at City Hall to kick off the event.

This year, they’ve shifted the plans to include small groups and more specific project areas.

This year, you have to pre-register for the event. It’s not possible to show up on the day and be registered. It’s important to pre-register so that you can be assigned to a project group in advance.

Volunteers will be assigned in advance to small groups and they will be given a specific project to work on for Earth Day. Instructions will be sent in advance.

Under Phase 3 of the Washington State Guidelines for Outdoor Guided Activities, the city is allowed a maximum of fifty volunteers at each project site, including staff and support staff.

Where there is a large area that can accommodate social distancing between groups, several projects may be created.

Each small group will be welcomed by a member of the Parks, Arts & Recreation Department and they will have specific project instructions available on site.

Snacks and a fun Parks item will kick off the event.

You will be required to sign a waiver. Please print and sign it, to make it easier to handle on the day of the project.

Bring the tools you were asked to bring when you registered. Gardening or work gloves are also helpful.

Please wear sun protection, headgear, and bring water to ensure you stay hydrated.

EVENT TIMELINE:

8:45 – 9:00 AM. .....Check-in at project location – emailed in advance

9:00 – 9:10 AM. ......Welcome at the project site

9:10 AM – 12 PM ...Volunteers commence project tasks

On the day, go to the location of your project and check in with the Project Lead. They will be identified clearly.

We will all gather for a physically distant introduction.

Safety protocols will be reviewed and any specific concerns will be addressed at that time.

Then we will dive into the project for the day!

At the project location, the City will provide a Team Leader, another copy of the instructions, garbage bags and other project materials that might be specific to your project.

General safety rules:

As always, stay home if you feel sick, and please take care of yourself and others.

Covid requirements include the need to collect information about each participant and staff member in case contact tracing is required.

Masks will be required for staff and participants at all times when you are near others in the group.

A minimum of 6 feet of physical distance must be maintained between staff and clients at all times where possible.

Hand washing and/or sanitization stations will be provided but it’s always a good rule of thumb to remember to take care of your own hygiene. Wash your hands thoroughly after coming into contact with hard surfaces, and think about carrying a small container of personal hand sanitizer for personal use.

Tool sanitizing and cleaning will be done after tools are used. We will be asking for volunteers to assist with tool sanitizing before the tools are returned to the check-in area.

Always wear gloves when picking up litter. Don’t pick up broken glass or discarded needles with your hands. Use a litter picker or other tool. Be extra careful when discarding these items.

There will be a first aid kit at each staffed site, available for emergency use.

Register online at City Hall.

The community is looking forward to seeing you there!

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