Lansingís popular "Adopt-a-River" event has been revamped for 2011. On
May 14, the expanded day of service will return as "Adopt-Your-Place."
"Adopt-Your-Place is the next generation of Adopt-a-River," says Julie Powers of the Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council
an organization that serves as one of the planning committee members.
Key players in the expansion of this service include organizations like Leap Inc.
and Impression 5.
"While we were in the planning stages for 2011's event, we realized that
there was a real need to reach out to the entire region and embrace the
concept of a community-wide day of service. So we brought together
folks from many groups and brainstormed ideas and came up with
This year, in addition to river cleanup
activities, volunteers are asked to recommend any place in the Capital
region that could use some attention. Some potential activities include
planting flowers, repairing an eyesore, painting, rebuilding and
Mid-MEACís involvement will include coordinating water quality testing, environmental education activities and volunteers.
"We're inviting folks from across the region to nominate places that need some TLC," Powers says. "We've also partnered with Old Town Commercial Association
, Downtown Lansing, Inc.
and REO Town
to leverage existing events into one huge day of fun and service."
To participate or to nominate a place, volunteers may sign up at the event website
or call the Mid-MEAC at (517) 292-3078.
Source: Julie Powers, Mid-MEAC
Writer: Natalie Burg, News Editor