Clean Sweep 2006

Swept up by enthusiasm, Phillips supporters give the neighborhood an instant makeover

  Trash collected from Lake Street is put where it belongs!

Trash collected from Lake Street is put where it belongs!

Blessed by some glorious fall weather, a record-setting crowd descended on the Phillips neighborhood on Saturday for this year’s Clean Sweep.  Armed with litter “claws,” green t-shirts, and trademark yellow bags, more than 500 people moved briskly through the neighborhood just ahead of a stiff breeze, picking up an estimated 26,860 pounds of trash and 243 tires over the course of the morning.  Guided by the able and experienced folks at Philips Weed and Seed and supported by a host of sponsors, the affair went off without a hitch.  

  The 14th Avenue Block Club, which also does its own trash pickup four times per year, had a crew of 18 people on hand.

The 14th Avenue Block Club, which also does its own trash pickup four times per year, had a crew of 18 people on hand.

As always, this year’s volunteers came from all walks, and included families, block clubs, church and school groups, elected officials, and representatives from area businesses.  Many new faces joined the effort, such as the crew from the National Children’s Theater, which relocated its national office and rehearsal space to 2733 Park Avenue in July.  Thanks to the strong leadership by Little Earth resident and activist Kelly Morgan, the Little Earth Community and other partner Indian organizations also had a strong presence at this year’s Clean Sweep, with many first-time participants.  Among the many other groups represented were:

  Young people from the Holy Rosary Youth Group worked along Bloomington Avenue.

Young people from the Holy Rosary Youth Group worked along Bloomington Avenue.

  • 20 young people from the Holy Rosary Youth Group, led by Mike and Maricela Dale.  More than 60 youth and parents from the Latino Baseball League and other Latino neighbors, led by Rosie and Alfonso Cruz.
  • Over 60 Bethlehem Baptist parishioners and Northwestern College students.  
  • More than 40 exchange students from Germany through the Waite House.  Jana Metge reports that on last year’s evaluation, many students listed the Phillips Clean Sweep as their favorite activity during their exchange.
  • Representatives from 26 block clubs.  
  • 2 crews from the Hennepin County Juvenile Sentence to Service
  Bolstered by donuts, Ward Eames, Nate Metcalf, Bill Turner, Krista Turner, and Margaret Eames of the National Theater for Children gear up to collect trash.

Bolstered by donuts, Ward Eames, Nate Metcalf, Bill Turner, Krista Turner, and Margaret Eames of the National Theater for Children gear up to collect trash.

As with any undertaking of this size, deep thanks are due to the countless people and organizations who donated time and money to making the Clean Sweep a success.  An all-volunteer committee of 20 people met began meeting weekly in August to plan the event.  Led by coordinator Jana Metge, they included Joyce Krook of Abbott Northwestern Hospital; Joyce Wisdom of the Lake Street Council; Kelly Morgan of the Little Earth Community; Midtown residents Shirley Heyer, Donna Neste, and Ben Pipe; East Phillips residents Brad Pass and Harvey Winje; Phillips West resident Muriel Simmons; Carol Pass of EPIC; Susan Young, Director of Solid Waste and Recycling for Minneapolis; and Bob Hunter of Hennepin County’s Sentence to Serve.

  Phillips Partnership chair Peter McLaughlin with one of the event’s organizers, Joyce Wisdom of the Lake Street Council.

Phillips Partnership chair Peter McLaughlin with one of the event’s organizers, Joyce Wisdom of the Lake Street Council.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financial supporters included:                           

Phillips Weed & Seed                                            

Phillips Partnership                                                

Phillips Energy Co-op                                           

Phillips West Neighborhood Organization         

Wellington Management                                      

Maria's Cafe                                                              

Little Earth Housing Corporation                          

AINDC                                                                        

AIOIC                                                                           

LaSalle Management                                               

Project for Pride in Living                                        

HN Co. American Indian Families Project          

Nayawee Center School                                        

Steps to a Healthier MN                                             

Women of Nations                                                   

Lake Street Council                                                  

Hi-Lake Business Association                              

BCLCA                                                                  

Chicago/Lake Business Association                   

Mr. Olive Lutheran Church                                      

Ventura Village Neighborhood  

 

In-kind donations were provided by:   

City of Minneapolis/Solid Waste & Recycling

Bethlehem Baptist Church

Hennepin County Sentence to Service

More Valu Foods

Chicago-Lake Liquor 

Green Institute

Corrie Dougherty

Pillsbury United/Waite House

Kaplan Brothers

American Indian OIC

Midtown Phillips

EPIC

Franklin Ave. Safety Center/MPD

Midtown Community Safety Center/MPD

Mt. Olive Jobs After School Program

Abbott Northwestern Hospital

Lake Street Council

Women of Nations

Mad Dads/Minneapolis Chapter

MPRB/Stewart Park

Welna Hardware

Dougherty-Thomson Funeral Home

PEACE Coffee

Northern Sun Merchandising