Elkin recruits for Adopt-A-Street

By Anthony Gonzalez agonzalez@civitasmedia.com

April 13, 2014

Town officials are seeking volunteers for a litter program that will help toward beautification of streets owned by the town.

Laura Gaylord, the community manager for the town of Elkin, announced recruitment efforts for Elkin’s Adopt-A-Street program.

The Adopt-A-Street program is a partnership between the town and its merchants and residents. Groups or individuals agree to adopt an area and take responsibility for keeping the street, sidewalk and other approved areas clean. In return, the town of Elkin provides free street cleaning supplies, and litter and compostable leaf bag pickup.

According to officials, the Adopt-A-Street Program creates a cleaner, more pleasant environment for everyone who lives, works and shops in adopted areas. The program also strengthens community ties as neighbors and merchants work together to keep Elkin tidy.

The effort runs similar to the state Department of Transportation Office of Beautification program notably known as Adopt-A-Highway.

Elkin’s Adopt-A-Street program also provides a sign commemorating dedication the individual or group keeping that street clean.

“The program helps keep busy streets looking nice throughout the year with volunteers who want to help pick up trash and other debris discarded by motorists,” said Gaylord. “If you can provide a few hours at least two to four times a year, any help is appreciated.”

Elkin does have a list of streets to choose from that are available, but those interested in any street one feels needs some extra attention throughout the year, should contact Laura Gaylord at 336-794-6469 or communitymanager@elkinnc.org.

Anthony Gonzalez may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @newsgonz.