On Saturday, May 5, residents, businesses and volunteers will be hitting the streets of Winnipeg’s West End Neighbourhood for the annual community-wide Spring Clean-Up. The event is organized by Spence Neighbourhood (SNA), Daniel McIntyre / St. Matthews Community Centre (DMSMCA) and the West Central Women’s Resource Centre (WCWRC).

“The West End Spring Clean-Up is more than just picking up litter,” said Natalie James, SNA’s Environment and Open Spaces Coordinator. “It brings community members of all ages and backgrounds together to make the West End an even better place to live. It builds pride and safety.”

Spring Cleanup takes place Saturday, May 5 from 1 PM – 4 PM, (rain date May 12). Volunteers must register at DMSMCA Resource Centre (823 Ellice Ave), Magnus Eliason Recreation Centre (430 Langside), or WCWRC Drop-in (640 Ellice Ave). They must also get bags, pickers and gloves at any centre.

“This event is a key part of the Daniel McIntyre / St Matthew and Spence Neighbourhood Plans that were developed in consultation with our communities,” said Christian Cassidy, Greening, Community Housing & Grants Coordinator at DMSMCA. “It’s a low-cost and fun way of bringing residents, businesses and local volunteers together to ensure our streets are safer and cleaner.”

As a thank you for their efforts, volunteers are invited to head to DMSMCA (823 Ellice Ave) or MERC sites (430 Langside) at 3:30 PM for food and prize draws! Prizes were generously donated by Canada Safeway, Jonnies Sticky Buns, Jeanne’s Bakery, John’s The Hair Designer, and the Strong Badger.

“We all welcome the grass and flowers of spring, but the season also reveals unsafe and unsightly litter,” said Denise MacDonald, WCWRC’s Director of Communications and Fundraising. “We want our community to be proud of where they live and events like these do just that. It’s also a great activity for the whole family to do together!”

The 2018 West End Spring Cleanup is made possible through the cooperation of Take Pride Winnipeg, Neighbourhoods Alive!, The West End BIZ, Councillor Cindy Gilroy, SCOUT Coffee + Tea and GFL Environmental Inc.

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For more information or to arrange interviews, contact:
Denise MacDonald
P: 204-962-8558
E: communications@wcwrc.ca

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