SOMERSET, KY - PRIDE announced that $202,000 is available to counties and cities in southern and eastern Kentucky to lead PRIDE Spring Cleanup Month in April.
The amount of funds available to each county and city is based on its number of road miles.
The PRIDE funds will offset costs to counties and cities for removing litter and dumps and for offering free trash drop-off events. The funds also may help communities clean up debris from recent storms.
PRIDE also will give local governments T-shirts and cleanup supplies to distribute to Spring Cleanup volunteers.
"Volunteers have such a good time cleaning their community together, and they are really successful at picking up litter," said Tammie Wilson of Eastern Kentucky PRIDE, the nonprofit organization that organizes the annual Spring Cleanup campaign in 38 counties of southern and eastern Kentucky.
"Disposing of the trash volunteers collect costs money, and that's where the Spring Cleanup Funds come in," Wilson continued. "The funds also help local governments pay contractors to remove dumps that are too big or dangerous for volunteers."
"This is the 15th anniversary of PRIDE, and we can celebrate a visible difference in our region," Wilson added. "PRIDE volunteers have picked up 699,442 bags of trash since 1997, and 2,869 illegal dumps have been eliminated from our landscape."
"It all starts with one cleanup and one volunteer - you," Wilson said. "Please answer the call for volunteers as your local leaders announce Spring Cleanup events. Stay tuned to your local media and kypride.org."
During PRIDE Spring Cleanup Month in April, PRIDE works with communities to create a clean, healthy environment just in time for new recreation and tourism seasons. Local governments organize Spring Cleanup events, and PRIDE provides cleanup supplies, T-shirts and funding assistance.
All local governments in PRIDE's 38-county service area are eligible for Spring Cleanup funds, thanks to a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. To qualify for its available funds, each local government must attend PRIDE training and comply with funding guidelines.
The region-wide Spring Cleanup is also made possible by these sponsors: Waste Connections of Kentucky (Gold Sponsor), Outdoor Venture Corporation (Silver Sponsor), New Horizon Graphics (Bronze Sponsor) and Lightyear Network Solutions (Bronze Sponsor).
To volunteer to pick up litter during PRIDE Spring Cleanup Month, please call your local PRIDE Coordinator. PRIDE Coordinators' names and phone numbers are available by calling PRIDE, toll free, at 888-577-4339 or by visiting www.kypride.org/service-area