Hundreds of area volunteers helped beautify Rochester on Saturday, April 13 for the Rochester Cares Clean Up Day event held throughout the City. This annual event was hosted by Rochester Main Street, Rochester Recreation, and Rochester Public Works with the purpose of joining area volunteers together to pick up trash and beautify downtown and along roadways in Rochester.
“We were truly in awe of the volunteers’ dedication as they worked through the morning rain to help improve Rochester,” said Rochester Main Street Executive Director Angela Mills. “It’s impressive to see people come together to make a positive change instead of foster negativity.”
Most of the volunteers began their day at Central Square in downtown Rochester for check-in and complimentary donuts and coffee. All volunteers were invited to return to Central Square for complimentary lunch which was provided by Moe’s of Rochester. Live music was generously provided by Bill Cormier and Peter Martin.
Participants were able to choose a downtown clean-up project or a roadside cleanup project in advance, or be assigned a project the day of the event. The City DPW crews provided mulch and some equipment for use, and Waste Management crews collected the debris which was bagged in yard waste bags donated by Blue Seal Feeds of Rochester.
“This was a tremendous collaboration effort spearheaded by Rochester Recreation and by Rochester Main Street,” said Recreation Department Assistant Director Lauren Krans. “Our solid partnership allowed us to focus on the people who truly believe in the betterment of our community.”
“We are already looking forward to next year’s clean up efforts,” said Mills. “We have even more ideas for how our join efforts can enhance the great features of Rochester.
This event was sponsored by the dedicated team at People’s United Bank.