| Carolyn Noel
CHICOPEE – The Chicopee Cultural Council is helping clean up the city through their upcoming Chicopee Clean Sweep event. The event will gather residents and volunteers from eight neighborhoods as an Earth Day cleanup celebration on April 24 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The different neighborhoods included in the Clean Sweep will be Aldenville, Burnett Road, Chicopee Center, Chicopee Falls, Fairview, Ferry Lane and Willimansett. Each neighborhood will have a team captain to lead them through the event and provide trash bags, a first aid kit, a sharp objects container and latex gloves. Participants are also encouraged to bring their own gardening gloves for the clean up.
Each participating team will receive $100 from the Chicopee Cultural Council to donate to a local charity of their choice. The team captain will help each team decide what local charity to donate to.
“What a great way to move money into the city and help people in need during COVID-19 times,” said Deborah Sutherland, a member of the Chicopee Cultural Council.
Sutherland came up with the Clean Sweep Event as one of the Council’s internal projects. Her birthday is a few days after Earth Day and she said she has always wanted to help clean up the city to celebrate. This event feels personal to her, she said.
Participants are encouraged to sign up for the event until the day it occurs.
“If you see us working and you want to join, I’d say the more the merrier,” said Sutherland.
After signing up for the event, participants will receive more information on where to meet their captain on the day of the Clean Sweep. Those interested in signing up for the Clean Sweep can do so by visiting the Chicopee Cultural Council’s Facebook or https://signup.com/go/VnXmhgD.
Sutherland said she is most looking forward to getting the city clean and bringing the community together.
“I watch too much news so I think that people aren’t kind. As soon as you start working locally you find that, yeah, people are kind and they want to do what’s good,” said Sutherland. “A cleaner Chicopee is a work of art.”