Community shines with help of more than 100 volunteers

TAYLOR COUNTY— The community is a little cleaner thanks to all of the outstanding work of the volunteers, during the April 13 county wide cleanup, Bring Back the Shine.

Organizers revealed that the cleanup was more successful than anyone anticipated.

Dumpsters placed in four different locations throughout Taylor County were all on their way to becoming full the morning of the cleanup.

Many volunteers spent countless hours planning and setting up the event.   

“We wrote a grant and knocked on doors to get this set up for the community,” said Breanna Collins of the planning committee. “I’m overwhelmed by the amount of trash that we collected in one day.”

Over 140 volunteers of all ages showed up to spend the better part of a beautiful Saturday collecting trash along the roads and in playgrounds of Taylor County.

Those physically unable to pick up trash dropped off donations of delicious deserts and sides for the picnic following the cleanup. 

As promised, the three cleanup teams with the most volunteers were awarded prizes at the picnic.  The winners of the first-ever Bring Back the Shine community cleanup were Tygart Lake with 24 volunteers. Taylor County 4-H had an impressive showing with 23 team members, and the Grafton Lions Club had 18 individuals out and about cleaning the community. 

“How How to the Taylor County 4-H for having the second largest group at the Bring Back the Shine cleanup and winning $300,” expressed Taylor County WVU Extension Service Program Assistant Sheila Westfall.

Sunday was another wonderful and successful day here in Taylor County, and community members proved once more the proud spirit of the county’s resident, and the willingness to come together to accomplish a goal.

Organizers would like to extend their gratitude to all that contributed to this much needed cleanup.


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