The Hamline Midway Coalition has awarded Jennifer Hadley a $500 Community Project Mini Grant for a trash cleanup program she is coordinating in the Hamline Midway neighborhood. The funds will help pay for supplies such as work gloves, yard signs, and “Keep the Midway Clean” safety vests. Cleanups are organized around volunteers’ individual schedules and happen on an ongoing basis as long as there is no snow on the ground.
“I initially became aware of trash in the streets and curbs through my involvement with Adopt-A-Drain,” said Jennifer. “Since cleaning up storm drains near my house, I have become much more conscious of trash while walking my dog, biking and driving in the neighborhood. I realized that, with help from my neighbors, we can accomplish so much more together than what one person can do themself.”
Jennifer has already organized a couple of group events this year and is excited to host many more, adding that this is “a great way to volunteer towards a great goal and is a safe way of socializing now, too, since it’s outside.” If you are interested in getting involved, contact Jennifer at action[at]hamlinemidway[dot]org.
This is the second project funded through HMC’s Community Mini Grant Initiative established to assist neighbors in bringing their project ideas to life. The first grant was awarded to the Sanitize The Cities initiative that focused on COVID-19 relief through the provision of supplies like hand sanitizer and masks on the light rail along University Ave.