Volunteers needed in north Minneapolis this Saturday

12:34 AM, Jun 21, 2011   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Nearly one month after a deadly tornado swept through north Minneapolis, the city is still in the process of debris removal and cleanup in certain neighborhoods.

Last Saturday, more than 150 volunteers joined neighborhood organizations and City of Minneapolis crews to remove more than 300,000 pounds of construction debris and solid waste during an event the city called a Clean Sweep. Volunteers and crews picked up debris in the area of 44th to 29th avenues north from Lyndale to Newton avenues. 225,100 pounds of construction debris, 71,420 pounds of solid waste, 6,000 pounds of tires and 8,260 pounds of metal items, appliances and TVs.

A second Clean Sweep is scheduled for Saturday, June 25, and the city is hoping to recruit 200 volunteers. Volunteers can sign up for one of two shifts by emailing ncr@ci.minneapolis.mn.us or calling 612-673-2243. Be sure to include your name, phone number, email address and preferred shift. The first shift is from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and the second shift is from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, commit to working a four-hour shift, be able to lift at least 40 pounds and wear thick soled shoes or work boots. Tennis shoes are not allowed. Food, work golves and protective eye gear will be provided to volunteers.

There are no additional Clean Sweeps scheduled at this time, however, the City of Minneapolis will continue to work with neighborhood organizations in the event more Clean Sweeps are needed to assist those impacted by the tornado.

The Clean Sweeps are the result of a collaboration of north Minneapolis neighborhoods with the support of the Pohlad Family Foundation, working with City Departments including Public Works Solid Waste & Recycling, Emergency Preparedness, and the Neighborhood and Community Relations Department.


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