University Community Cleans Up, Plants Flowers in Neighborhood
March 16, 2012 – More than a dozen students, faculty and staff members planted pansies in the rain today as part of a “power” clean up along O Street between 35th and 36th streets.
Sponsored by Off Campus Student Life (OCSL) and GU Wellness, the clean up is part of the District of Columbia’s Adopt-a-Block program.
Participating groups must adopt at least two square city blocks and conduct quarterly clean ups and weekly trash pickups in that area for a minimum of two years.
“Georgetown University is part of the greater Georgetown community,” says Casey Gary (C’14), one of the volunteers. “I think it’s great if students and people in the community are able to work together to fix up the area that they both share and make it a nicer, better place to live.”
In West Georgetown, OCSL partners with Holy Trinity Catholic Church and Saxby’s to keep the area around 35th and 36th and N and P streets clean. While in Burleith, OCSL and Georgetown University Medical School maintain the area between 37th and 38th and R and Reservoir streets.
For those interested in volunteering with the program, there will be another clean up on April 13.
“It’s a good example of partnership and collaboration,” says Ray Danieli, assistant director of Off Campus Student Life. “We want to show, and show by our actions, that we care about our neighbors, and by doing little things like picking up a small piece of trash here or there, we can accomplish that mission.