Mayor, Ocrra Announce 2013 Clean Up ‘Cuse Initiative: In Third Year, Clean Up ‘Cuse Will Be On Saturday, April 13
Posted on 01/26/13
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Mayor Stephanie A. Miner and the City of Syracuse, in partnership with the Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency (OCRRA) and the United Way of Central New York, announce the date of this year’s Clean Up ‘Cuse project and issue a call for proposals from community residents. This is the third year for the Clean Up ‘Cuse initiative, a city wide day of volunteerism centered on litter removal and neighborhood beautification. This year, it will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2013.
“Clean Up ‘Cuse is about having pride in our city,” said Syracuse Mayor Stephanie A. Miner. “I look forward to being able to work with neighborhood leaders, community activists, grassroots organizations, and businesses to make our neighborhoods cleaner and more beautiful.”
This year, the City is asking citizens to identify areas that are in need of litter clean up and beautification efforts and draft a proposal describing what kind of project they would like to do, where it would take place, and how many volunteers they expect to need. Anyone may submit a proposal by completing the application form and sending it to the Mayor’s Office by February 15, 2013. Project selections will be announced March 1, 2013. The City anticipates selecting up to ten projects, which will be supported with Clean Up ‘Cuse t-shirts, supplies, City assistance, and volunteers.
OCRRA’s Executive Director, Mark Donnelly notes, “Keeping our community free of litter is not only about improving property values and attempting to draw new businesses to our area, it is also a reflection of our core principles and self-worth. Clean Up ‘Cuse is an opportunity for residents to come together and generate immediate, positive environmental impact in our own backyard.”
Clean Up ‘Cuse will be looking for volunteers from neighborhood organizations, the business community, and any others who wish to participate. Volunteer team leaders will help organize activities and volunteers for each project. The United Way Volunteer Center will assist with volunteer recruitment and coordination with their online tool, VolunteerCNY.org, which will launch its Clean Up ‘Cuse page on March 1, 2013.
Groups and organizations looking to contribute resources and volunteers to this effort are encouraged to contact the Mayor’s Office at 315-448-8005. There will be opportunities for corporate partnerships and leadership opportunities throughout the Clean Up ‘Cuse planning process.
Clean Up ‘Cuse is part of a larger beautification effort throughout the city, including a city-ounty-state partnership cleaning up Interstate 690 and the county-wide OCRRA Earth Day Litter Cleanup. OCRRA will provide free disposal of the litter collected at each of the selected Clean Up ‘Cuse projects.
More information is available, and the proposal form can be downloaded at