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Volunteer with PRIDE at Cumberland Falls on March 24

Welcome Spring and the region’s annual Spring Cleanup Month by volunteering at one of the South’s most scenic attractions

Planning team for Cumberland Falls PRIDE Cleanup on 3-24-12

The Volunteer Cup was shown off during planning meeting for the PRIDE Spring Cleanup Kick-Off. Holding the trophy — which will go to the county with the most volunteers at the cleanup — are Judy Brimm, Whitley County PRIDE Coordinator, and Andrew Powell, McCreary County Deputy Judge-Executive. Front row: Mark Davis, George Sampson, Amber Owens, Willa Powers and Stephan Broussard. Back row: Jack Koger, Joe Metzmeier, Bret Smitley, Steve Gilbert, Dave Jordan, Pam Gibson, Greg Whitis and Randal Napier.

Volunteers of all ages are invited to join the excitement of the 5th Annual PRIDE Spring Cleanup Kick-Off Celebration at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park on Saturday, March 24.

From 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. EDT, volunteers will pick up litter along Hwy. 90 near the park. Volunteer registration will begin at 9 a.m. at the gift shop beside Cumberland Falls. Volunteer groups with children will be directed to age-appropriate cleanup areas.

All volunteers will receive a free T-shirt and free lunch, and they will be entered in a drawing for great door prizes. The door prizes will include a free one-night cottage stay at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park.

“This event is well timed and located to welcome spring in a gorgeous setting, so we always see more than 300 volunteers join the fun,” said PRIDE’s Tammie Wilson. “Because we make it kid-friendly, many young people volunteer, which is great for our region’s future.”

“If you haven’t volunteered here in the past, please jump in and help this year,” Wilson said. “If you volunteered here before, we look forward to seeing you again and invite you to bring others with you.”

“This area is so important to those of us who live here and our tourism economy,” she said. “I guarantee you will walk away knowing you’ve made a difference.”

“You also will enjoy being outdoors with your friends and neighbors, be treated to a free lunch, take home a T-shirt and maybe even a door prize,” Wilson added.

The Volunteer Cup trophy will be presented to the county that recruits the most volunteers. Whitley County won the trophy last year, and McCreary County won it the three years before that.

Awards will be given to the school group and community group that bring the most volunteers.

All volunteers should dress appropriately for working outdoors in the weather that morning. Sturdy shoes are recommended. PRIDE will provide disposable gloves and safety vests.

The Kick-Off Celebration is a partnership among Eastern Kentucky PRIDE, Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, McCreary County Fiscal Court 109 Board, Whitley County Fiscal Court, US Forest Service, McCreary County Extension Service, McCreary County Board of Education, Whitley County School System, Bank of McCreary County and Pine Knot Job Corp.

During PRIDE Spring Cleanup Month in April, volunteers will pick up litter across 38 counties in southern and eastern Kentucky. Local governments organize the cleanup activities. They receive volunteer T-shirts, cleanup supplies and funding assistance from PRIDE, a nonprofit organization that promotes environmental cleanup and education in the region.

The region-wide Spring Cleanup is made possible by these sponsors: Waste Connections of Kentucky (Gold Sponsor), Outdoor Venture Corporation (Silver Sponsor), New Horizon Graphics (Bronze Sponsor), Lightyear Network Solutions (Bronze Sponsor) and Owens Auto & Truck Parts (Bronze Sponsor).

For more information about the PRIDE Spring Cleanup Kickoff Celebration, please call PRIDE’s Mark Davis at 606.524.0430 or the PRIDE office, toll free, at 888.577.4339.

Click here to print a flyer (PDF): http://kypride.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Cumberland-Falls-Cleanup-Flyer.pdf

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