April will be a very busy month for Clean Evansville and Keep Evansville Beautiful with two events. Mayor Lloyd Winnecke is encouraging all local residents to kick-start the year-long Great American Clean-up this Saturday, April 6, by picking up trash citywide, plus turn out en mass for clean-ups targeting five neighborhoods in conjunction with Global Youth Service Day 2013 on April 27.

“I’d love to see businesses and families on every neighborhood street in every neighborhood picking up litter this Saturday as Keep America Beautiful’s second annual National Day of Action,” said Mayor Winnecke. “And I invite everyone, especially young people, to turn out in force April 27 for Global Youth Service Day in recognition of the contributions young citizens have made to this community. Our goal is to attract hundreds of youth to help pick up litter and join in other fun events that day – including an attempt to set a world record for the largest youth Zumbatomic class.”

Keep Evansville Beautiful will provide free T-shirts, trash bags and gloves for the Great American Clean-Up, while they last. Supplies will be available at the KEB office, 209 Main St. Those interested in participating in the Great American Clean-Up should contact Keep Evansville Beautiful at mmcgarrah@keepevansvillebeautiful.org to register. Participants are encouraged to take photos during the clean-up and email them to Keep Evansville Beautiful. Please identify individuals in the photos and where the clean-up took place.

“April is going to be a fantastic month,” said Keep Evansville Beautiful Executive Director Marcia Dowell. “We definitely want to thank the sponsors of the Great American Clean-Up.”

Sponsors are: Advanced Disposal, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana, Evansville Courier & Press, Republic Services, ProMark, Deaconess Health System, and Plato’s Closet.

Per Keep America Beautiful’ s website, the Great American Clean-Up “is the nation’s largest annual community improvement program that harnesses the power of over 4 million volunteers to build vibrant communities. Each year over 1,200 affiliates and participating organizations engage volunteers to take action in their communities through programs that deliver positive and lasting impact through events focused on waste reduction, recycling, beautification and community greening. In 2012, 4.2 million Great American Cleanup volunteers worked tirelessly to return nearly $230 million in measurable benefits in 20,000 communities across the country.”