Wilkes-Barre City Prepares for Great American Cleanup on Saturday

Mayor George C. Brown is pleased to announce that over 15 volunteer groups have registered to participate in Wilkes-Barre’s Great American Cleanup this Saturday, April 24th. The Mayor is grateful to the over 200 volunteers who are dedicating their time to help clean up their neighborhoods and parks throughout the city. The registered volunteer groups will be provided with adequate garbage bags, safety vests, and gloves and post-cleanup garbage pickup. Groups must follow all current CDC and PA Department of Health COVID-19 guidelines.

Mayor Brown thanks the volunteers, including group leaders:

  • Amanda Dixon
  • Councilman John Marconi
  • Councilman Tony Brooks
  • Councilwoman Beth Gilbert McBride
  • Erin Conklin
  • Frank Sperazza
  • Gail Harris
  • Gerardo Arias
  • John F. Ward
  • Mark Shaffer
  • Mary Ellen Jones
  • Maureen Lavelle     
  • Michelle & Gavin Wise
  • Pam Middleton
  • Pat Stella
  • Ralph & Ian Hughes
  • Roxanne Bush
  • Tammy Gwynn Farrell

Over 80 Wilkes University student-athletes from all sports teams will also participate in the cleanup. Their participation is coordinated by Wilkes University’s Civic Engagement Coordinator Megan Boone Valkenburg.

Other volunteer groups who are interested in participating must call  the Special Events Coordinator Patty Hughes at 570.208.4149, by Friday, April 23rd to register. During registration please provide the group leader's name and address and the expected number of volunteers.

Additionally, Grasshopper Lawns Inc., will give back to the Wilkes-Barre community this year by donating time and services to the Public Square lawn and landscape area in Downtown Wilkes-Barre, PA. The event is scheduled for Thursday, April 22nd at 9:00 AM and is part of The National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP)’s “Day of Service”.