The nonprofit Friends of English Avenue and the Captain Planet Foundation have joined forces to organize one of the biggest clean-up efforts in Atlanta’s history on Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22 in conjunction with Earth Day.
1,000 volunteers are expected to gather over the two-day event, which will include service projects, such as street clean-ups and beautification, as well as 5K and 1K Fun Runs through the English Avenue community. Participating sponsors include Laura and Rutherford Seydel and the Lanier-Goodman Foundation. Proceeds from the event will benefit both organizations.
“We are determined to help beautify the neighborhood for the benefit of the young children and senior citizens, who deserve a clean community,” said John Gordon, founder of Friends of English Avenue.
Since 2006, the Friends of English Avenue has been a staple in the English Avenue neighborhood providing support to its residences in the areas of food, security, safety, education and greenspace through the establishment of two urban farms, producing more than 50,000 pounds of produce annually available as no charge to the hungry; employment and job training through programs like its Summer Teen Clean Up; and safety and security through its Police Officer Housing program, which was the first of its kind on Atlanta’s Westside.