Never been involved in any type of community cleanup? Today is your day.
There are several things taking place throughout the area. Become involved.
Perhaps the largest is the annual CitySweep, a campaign that's been ongoing since the late 1990s.
CitySweep involves several different things:
* collection and disposal of household wastes.
* collection of used motor oil.
* exchange of mercury thermometers for digital ones.
* collection of old computers, their parts, light bulbs and batteries.
* old cell phones are accepted.
These things will take place between 8 a.m. and noon at Heritage-WTI in the East End of East Liverpool.
But there's more behind the CitySweep efforts:
* The East Liverpool Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a cleanup of the downtown from 9 a.m. to noon. And the East Liverpool Civic Pride Coalition also will work throughout the city at that time.
* Finally, residents may drop off household items at the Car Barn in the East End from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday also is "Comcast Cares Days" and workers have been dispatched to VFW Post 66 in the city to conduct repairs as well as to the East End where the wall will be painted.
In Chester, as part of the "Make it Shine" project, a community-wide cleanup in Chester City Park begins at 9 a.m.
In Newell, members of the Oak Glen football team will tackle Laurel Hollow Park for cleanup from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Newell Community Improvement Coalition is sponsoring the event.
Basically, it's about improving the communities in which we live. If you can't make it to an event, clean up around your own house, your own neighborhood. Every little bit helps. It really does.
It doesn't take a massive effort, just a singular one by you. That's how it starts.
And it doesn't have to be limited to just one day a year. In fact, it shouldn't be. We all should strive each day to be more responsible.
Earth Day is Sunday, so we have the entire weekend to better our surroundings.
Here's hoping we all do!