August 23, 2012
Mayor Vaughn Spencer touted the success of his summer initiative, the Mayor’s Partnership for a Cleaner City, today before another clean-up, this one along the Schuylkill River in Heritage Park. The event was organized by Reading Beautification Inc., and included 50 volunteers from the YMCA, Reading RiverTribe and Adappt. The initiative is the end result of the Mayor’s SILOT program, where local nonprofits offer services in lieu of paying taxes like clean-ups. Many local organizations have worked with RBI to organize clean-up events which have taken place all summer long. “The response has been overwhelming,” said Mayor Spencer. “These organizations have made it a priority to give back to the community, and these cleanups help achieve my goal of a clean and safe city.”
“We’re happy to coordinate these with the non-profits,” said Nigel Walker, Director of RBI. “The Mayor’s Partnership for a Cleaner City is a great idea and facilitator to get more organizations involved in what we are trying to accomplish. Our hope is that they continue to help us organize these projects all year, as well as be an inspirations for other organizations to get on board with us and make this a cleaner and brighter Reading.”
Since being launched in June, the Mayor’s Partnership, which encourages non-profits to work with RBI to clean streets and parks, has resulted in more than 40 projects and nearly 26,000 volunteer hours.
On Tuesday, 80 Albright College students cleaned up several blocks of Oak Lane, where the sidewalks had been completely covered by debris. That cleanup was sponsored by the POP (Peer Orientation Person) program at Albright, in cooperation with RBI.
“I thanked everyone who was there,” said Spencer. “The fact that these students got involved even before classes started really impressed me. RBI is doing great work organizing these events. I need to thank all the organizations who have participated so far, and invite all businesses and non-profits in the city to get involved and help us continue this important work in keeping our city clean.”
Reading Beautification, Inc.
City of Reading