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Volunteers for the Great American Cleanup

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Volunteers Report to Work This Weekend for Great American Cleanup™ National Action Days

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(Hampton Roads, Va., April 26, 2012) – Good deed-doers will be out and about this weekend as more than 1,500 volunteers fan out across the region to clean up and green up Hampton Roads for the Great American CleanupTM National Action Days, April 27-28. The region is one of 10 national sites selected to host the event, a massive grassroots cleanup sponsored by Keep America Beautiful, and includes events in selected cities from coast to coast. During the two days, Hampton Roads event partners and Keep Virginia Beautiful will send scores of volunteers to dozens of organized cleanup sites to transform area parks, public lands, waterways, and trails into cleaner, greener landscapes.

“Participating in the Great American Cleanup is a chance for Hampton Roads as a region to do our part to Keep America Beautiful, while contributing to transformational projects we can enjoy in our own communities and neighborhoods for years to come,” said Regional Project Coordinator John Deuel.

To view a complete listing of Great American Cleanup projects, and for additional information, visit


WHO: 1,500 volunteers!

WHAT: Great American Cleanup National Action Days, April 27- 28.

Earlier this year, Keep America Beautiful selected Hampton Roads as one of 10 national sites to host the Great American Cleanup, a massive grassroots community involvement program that takes place in selected cities from coast to coast. As a result of being named a national Great American Cleanup site, all 16 cities and counties in Hampton Roads will benefit from transformational cleanup events that could include everything from gateway beautification and river cleanup to sprucing up community playgrounds and living shoreline restoration. The Hampton Roads cleanup events represent the only designed project in Virginia.

WHEN: April 27-28, 2012

WHERE: Cities and counties throughout Hampton Roads

EVENT PARTNERS: and Keep Virginia Beautiful

MORE INFO: Visit for a complete listing of the Hampton Roads cleanup projects and more information.


If you are interested in covering the Great American Cleanup, please consider these selected sites, where media contacts and spokespeople will be available. For more information, contact:

Elizabeth Evans at (757) 705-7153.


Friday, April 27

Teams, including troops from the U.S.S. Harry S. Truman, will work to transform this

city park, to include painting, raking, cleanup, landscaping and preparing ball fields.

Media Contact:  John Deuel, Great American Cleanup Regional Project Coordinator, (757) 377-5810 (cell).


Aberdeen Elementary School will be cleaned up, weeded, and spruced up in this four-hour project near the historic Aberdeen community in Hampton.

Media Contact:  Debbie Blanton, Hampton Clean City Commission and team member, (757) 812-3457 (cell).


  • Newport News Park Landscaping Improvements, 13560 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Troops from the 688th RPOE from Fort Eustis will spruce up the park, to include spreading mulch and other landscaping needs.

Media Contact: Lindsay Carroll, Park Event Coordinator, (757) 570-1432 (cell)


  • #GreenStartsHere Celebration Virginia Zoo, 3500 Granby St., Norfolk 4:30 to 7 p.m.

Private celebration to thank state dignitaries, local elected officials, military leaders, volunteer team leaders, community leaders and corporate sponsors for their help with the Great American Cleanup. Featured speakers for a special 5:30 p.m. program are:

  • Doug Domenech, Secretary of Natural Resources from the office of Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell
  • Ed Skernolis, Senior Vice President of Recycling, Keep America Beautiful.

Media Contact: Julia B. Hillegass, Team Leader (757) 536-5469 cell.


Saturday, April 28

Volunteers will plant trees, shrubs and flowers along the roadside on Freeman Ave. from Bainbridge to the exit for I-464, and will also paint a mural on the pump station.

Media Contact:  Gladys Jones (757) 560-9807 (cell).


  • Zoo Bears Construction at Virginia Zoo in Norfolk, 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

U.S.S. Harry S. Truman volunteers will construct climbing and play structures for the Virginia Zoo’s Asian Sun and Moon bears and bearcats.

Media Contact:  John Deuel, Great American Cleanup Regional Project Coordinator,  (757) 377-5810 (cell).


Litter and debris cleanup around storm water ponds and ditches in the Princess Anne Commons Area.

Media Contact:  Linda Minner (757) 407-1729.


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