STEUBENVILLE - Barb Wilinski accepted the $1,912 check Wednesday and went straight to the bank.
"I brought a deposit slip with me so we can put this in our account immediately," the treasurer of the Hilltop Community Development Corp. told Jack Cera, coordinator of the Jefferson-Belmont Regional Solid Waste Authority.
The hilltop group had applied and was approved for the grant by the authority's board of trustees.
According to Teresa DiCarlantonio, president of the CDC, the money will be used to promote anti-litter efforts in the two city neighborhoods.
"We will be purchasing new trash cans along with signs urging residents and visitors in the neighborhoods to pitch their litter into a proper receptacle. We will also be purchasing T-shirts for our volunteers who will be participating in our spring litter cleanup on April 17," explained DiCarlantonio.
"We have been organizing our litter cleanups for several years now and we have made significant progress," she added.
"We now have an agreement with the Franciscan University Student Association, which will be bring approximately 70 students to our cleanup that Saturday. The students are excellent, and we are also seeking hilltop residents and anyone else who wants to volunteer helping us clean up litter," said DiCarlantonio.
"People who want to work in the Pleasant Heights neighborhood should meet at 11 a.m. at the Trinity East Hospital parking lot. The volunteers for LaBelle can meet at 11 a.m. at the former Roosevelt School parking lot," DiCarlantonio said.
"If we have a serious rain we will move the cleanup to April 24 at the same times," she added.
"We are also asking our CDC members and residents who are unable to participate on that Saturday to assist us by picking up litter on or near their properties. Just place the litter in a plastic bag and take it to the corner of your lot and a volunteer will come by that Saturday morning and remove the bagged litter," advised DiCarlantonio.
"I think people are becoming more responsive. We hold our litter cleanups on the hilltops twice a year and there is always less litter to pick up each time," said DiCarlantonio.
"Gloves and bags will be provided and we will serve a lunch for our volunteers following the cleanup work," added DiCarlantonio.
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