Take PRIDE in Bell County

Published 4:06 pm Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Community pride can be shown in many different ways. One of those ways is doing your part in keeping your city clean. It’s not uncommon to be driving your vehicle down a city street or enjoying a walk in the downtown area and see trash on the side of the road or littering other public spaces. The PRIDE Cleanup event is a perfect opportunity to get out into the community and make a good dent in the litter problem.

For the 20th year in a row, the PRIDE Spring Cleanup is set to kick off in Pineville. According to an official press release, PRIDE (Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment) was created by Congressman Hal Rodgers to help give new life to the natural beauty of the area. The goal is to get the community fired up and protecting the environment, beautifying their home city and offering the education that comes along with the goal.

The cleanup is set to take place on April 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers will meet at the Pineville Mini Park and will be provided supplies for the cleanup, free lunch at noon and even free T-shirts while supplies last.

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Volunteering is said to beneficial in many ways, and not just the most obvious ones. Volunteering doesn’t only focus on a particular goal — it can also promote mental, spiritual and emotional health as well as the obvious physical benefits that go along with the exercise some volunteer efforts provide.

Volunteering is also a good opportunity to engage with neighbors in the community and to show a collective pride in the community you live in. In addition, volunteering with the PRIDE event sends a positive message about the importance of responsible trash disposal.

For more information, contact Callie Melton at 606-337-2959 or by email at pinevillecity@gmail.com.