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April 13: Volunteer at “Niagara of the South”

Volunteers of all ages are invited to join the sixth annual PRIDE Spring Cleanup at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park on Saturday, April 13.

From 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. ET, volunteers will pick up litter along Hwy. 90 and other roads 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 lunch, and they will be entered in a drawing for door prizes. Free T-shirts will be given to volunteers, while supplies last.

The Volunteer Cup trophy will be presented to the county that recruits the most volunteers. Whitley County won the trophy in 2011 and 2012, 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 gorgeous scenery and fun atmosphere have made this event one of the most popular Spring Cleanup events in our 42 county region,” said PRIDE’s Tammie Wilson. “A record 510 volunteers pitched in last year, and we are planning for an even bigger turnout this year.”

“I think folks also enjoy volunteering at Cumberland Falls because we all know how important it is to our tourism economy,” she said. “Volunteers have a good time during the cleanup, and they walk away knowing they made a real difference in their community. They can actually see the improvement as they drive home on clean roads.”

“There is still time to support the event by making donations toward the lunch and door prizes, which reward our hard-working volunteers,” Wilson added. “All donors will be recognized at the event, so this will be a good opportunity to demonstrate your commitment to community service.”

The event is a partnership among 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.

The region-wide PRIDE Spring Cleanup is made possible in part by a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the following sponsors: Waste Connections of Kentucky (Gold Sponsor), Outdoor Venture Corporation (Silver Sponsor), Walmart (Silver Sponsor), Hacker Brothers, Inc. (Bronze Sponsor), Lightyear Network Solutions (Bronze Sponsor) and Owens Auto & Truck Parts (Bronze Sponsor).

For more information, please call the PRIDE office, toll free, at 888-577-4339.

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