By Angel Maldonado
Photo by Mai Arreguin
(Victorville)– Community support and enthusiasm combined with a gorgeous day made for a successful Victorville Community Cleanup Day last Saturday, Oct. 22. A total of 944 volunteers in bright-blue, Victorville Community Cleanup Day t-shirts took to the streets of Victorville to pick up litter and other items dumped in the desert. The volunteers collected 9.83 tons of litter and other trash during the event. The litter and trash filled four large, construction-sized, “roll-off” trash containers plus two compacting trash trucks. This is equivalent to filling about two “semi” tractor-trailers. With each volunteer collecting 2-3 bags of litter, it is estimated that 1,800 to 2,800 bags of litter were collected on Saturday.
Volunteers represented area schools, churches, club and service organizations, homeowner associations, businesses, non-profits, families, friends, neighbors, and individuals. There were participants from 38 different organizations, including Emmanuel Temple CME Church, CA Cadet Corps, Friendly Temple Church, Victorville Tae Kwon Do, Iglesia Cristiana Samaria, Victor Valley High School–Skills USA Medical, Taylion Academy, Victor Valley High School AVID, University Prep, Girl Scouts- Troop 525, Trinity Lutheran Church, Irwin Academy Elementary School/Girl Scout Troop 1393, West Palms Conservatory, Discovery School of the Arts, Cobalt Institute for Math and Science Key Club/Builders, Silverado High School Interact Club, Iglesia Cristiana El Nuevo Comienzo, High Desert Hospice, Neighborhood Watch—Pino Family, Victor Valley Christian School, Farmers Insurance, Parkview Elementary, ACE High School, Hampton Family, Starbucks- Adelanto, CA State Employees Association— Chapter 236, Goodwill Southern CA, Mt. View Montessori School, Catholic Daughters of America #2446, Klokeid Family, ShaBazz Family, Nelson Family, Victor Valley Church of Christ, National Council of Negro Women, LIFT, Police Fire Activities League, Planned Parenthood, and Alpha Connection Youth & Family Services.
“This year’s volunteers ranged in age from 5 months to 88 years old,” said John Garcia, Victorville Community Cleanup Day event coordinator. “This is a great community event that really brings all people together.”
Team leaders reported that the most common items picked up were plastic bags, paper, fast-food wrappers, and to-go beverage cups. Larger items dumped in the desert included furniture, tires, car parts, and mattresses. One group was happy to find an $11 winning lottery ticket!
The Victorville Community Cleanup Day is a semiannual event held each October and April. The first Victorville Cleanup Day was held in October 2007. Since then, more than 11,463 volunteers have worked together to collect over 125 tons of litter from Victorville roadsides.
The event is coordinated by the City of Victorville’s Environmental Programs Division. This October’s event had 20 sponsors including AlaskaUSA Federal Credit Union, American Landscape & Maintenance, Inc., American Organics, Auto Park at Valley Center, Daily Press, David Evans and Associates Inc., Desert Valley Medical Group, Emmanuel Temple CME Church, HDAOR (High Desert Association of Realtors), High Desert Hospice, The Home Depot, Store 665, Miers & Miers, Mojave River Watershed Group, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, SERVPRO of Victorville/Adelanto/Victor Valley, Shear Realty, Southern California Edison, Splattered Ink, Victorville Disposal/Burrtec, and Victorville Speed Wash.
Local restaurants providing discount lunch and dinner coupons to volunteers included Applebee’s, FarmerBoys, Itchy Foot Islands Deli & BBQ, John’s Incredible Pizza, Mimi’s Café, Original Roadhouse Grill, and WaBa Grill.
Photos of the event will be posted on the City of Victorville’s website at www.Victorvilleca.gov (Quick Link: Community Cleanup) by the end of the month.
For more information about sponsoring or volunteering for future Victorville Community Cleanup Days, contact the City of Victorville Community Services Department, Environmental Programs Division at (760) 955-5095.