CORBIN — On Saturday, April 30, volunteers of all ages are invited to join the ninth annual PRIDE Spring Cleanup at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park.
From 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. ET, volunteers will pick up litter along Hwy. 90 and other roads near the park.
All volunteers will receive a free lunch, and they will be entered in a drawing for door prizes. Free T-shirts will be given to volunteers, while supplies last.
The Volunteer Cup trophy will be presented to the county with the most volunteers participating. With its win in 2015, Whitley County has claimed the Volunteer Cup three times since the annual event began. McCreary County has won the cup four times.
Awards will be given to the school group and community group that bring the most volunteers. In 2015, those winners were the Whitley County JROTC and First Baptist Church of Rockholds.
Volunteer registration will begin at 9 a.m. at the gift shop beside Cumberland Falls. Volunteer groups with children will be directed to age-appropriate cleanup areas.
All volunteers should dress appropriately for working outdoors in the weather that morning. Sturdy shoes are recommended. PRIDE will provide disposable gloves and safety vests.
“‘No Place Like Home’ is our Spring Cleanup theme this year, and that’s certainly true for the communities around Cumberland Falls,” said PRIDE’s Tammie Wilson. “Cumberland Falls is truly one of a kind, and this entire area is beautiful.”
“Based on the volunteers who turn out for the annual Cumberland Falls Spring Cleanup, people take great pride in the falls and enjoy working together to serve their community,” Wilson said. “The cleanup and cookout are fun, and then volunteers can actually see they made a difference as they drive home on clean roads.”
“There is still time to support the event by making donations toward the lunch and door prizes, which reward our hard-working volunteers,” Wilson added. “All donors will be recognized at the event, so this will be a good opportunity to demonstrate your commitment to community service.”
The event is a partnership among PRIDE, Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, McCreary County Fiscal Court 109 Board, Whitley County Fiscal Court, US Forest Service, McCreary County Extension Service, McCreary County Board of Education, Whitley County School System, Bank of McCreary County and Pine Knot Job Corp.
The Cumberland Falls Spring Cleanup is part of the PRIDE Spring Cleanup campaign across 42 counties of southern and eastern Kentucky. The region-wide PRIDE Spring Cleanup is sponsored by Outdoor Venture Corporation, Walmart and Kentucky Association of Highway Contractors, Inc.
For more information, please call the PRIDE office, toll free, at 888-577-4339. To invite friends to volunteer, look for the Cumberland Falls Spring Cleanup event on Facebook.