A Clean Look at Victorville’s Adopt-a-Street Program

By Janice Eck

(Victorville)– Litter on the street is an eye-soar for anyone who is looking at it. Whether it is food wrappers, beer bottles or plastic bags, no one likes it in their neighborhood. Many people may complain and never pick anything up, but in the City of Victorville, there are a growing number of people volunteering their time to clean up the streets through the Adopt-a-Street Program.

John Garcia, Adopt-a-Street Coordinator/Code Enforcement Officer, took time out of his day to say some words about the program during an interview with High Desert Daily, “The Adopt-a-Street Program is a partnership between the city and its citizens who are interested in donating some of their time to the system in cleaning up and beautifying the streets of the city.” Anyone – an individual, a group, a business, or an organization – is encouraged to take part in the program to lend a helping hand to the community.

The program has a great effect on the community. Who does not like to see their neighborhood free of litter? Garcia talks about the impact the Adopt-a-Street program has had so far, “We have a couple streets, like Hesperia Road, that prior to us having clean it, it was terrible, same thing with the Winco area. There’s a street, Mid-Town. We actually have a group out there every day. Before people going out there, we had plastic bags everywhere up and down the street. They have done an amazing job cleaning that. And usually when people see an area being cleaned by volunteers, they tend not to dirty it as fast as normal.”

If you have been thinking about servicing your community, the Adopt-a-Street Program is a great start. You will end up with a sense of pride and satisfaction from seeing all the bags of trash you collected and the clean street resulting from your efforts. By joining the program, you must commit to a 2-year minimum and clean your area at least 4 times a year. The only thing it costs is your time.

For more information on the Adopt-a-Street Program in Victorville, visit Victorville City Hall at 14343 Civic Drive or http://ci.victorville.ca.us/Site/CityServices.aspx?id=286

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