Non-profit groups invited to help clean up Nanaimo

NANAIMO – The City of Nanaimo open Cleaner Community Partnership Program to new participants

Non-profit groups can clean up Nanaimo, earn recognition and generate money with the city’s Cleaner Community Partnership Program.

The city is inviting new groups to join its program, which sees non-profits earn money and recognition while making Nanaimo a cleaner, more attractive community.

For the first time, for-profit organizations are also invited to take part in the clean up, but will not be paid.

The city contributes $50 per kilometre to non-profits when they’re finished with an assigned area, provides clean-up gear such as safety vests and collects and disposes of the litter gathered.

The municipality also gives groups signs highlighting their participation and acknowledging their contribution in making Nanaimo a better place to live, a press release says.

“The Cleaner Community Partnership Program is an excellent example of what the city and the community can achieve by working together,” said Charlotte Davis, the city’s manager of sanitation, recycling and public works administration in the press release. “The city’s streets are given a good spring clean and in turn the valuable work of non-profit groups in our community is highlighted and supported.

Organizations have to appoint a minimum six volunteers per group who are at least 12 years old and provide insurance, protective clothing, adult supervision and transportation.

Supervisors will also be required to attend a orientation/safety training session.

Applications must be received by March 24 and the program will run in April.

To request applications, please call 250-758-5222, visit the city’s website at www.nanaimo.ca, or e-mail public.worksinfo@nanaimo.ca.