Earth Month & River Cleanups

Willimantic Cleanup 2013

Willimantic Cleanup 2013

Click here for the latest press releases with cleanup details – join a cleanup and make a difference!

Or organize a cleanup of your own:

Show your love for The Last Green Valley by organizing an Earth Month or River Cleanup. Gather your family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers, and make a difference in your community. Last year, 1,714 volunteers from 26 different groups removed more than 54,770 pounds of trash from our rivers, parks, and roadways!

Organize your own cleanup:

* TLGV will reimburse your nonprofit organization or municipal, regional, state, or federal agency up to $500 for expenses like publicity, cleanup supplies such as trash bags and work gloves, and food for your volunteers.

* TLGV will also help publicize your event and work with you to recruit more volunteers.

To apply, submit a letter to TLGV, on your organization’s letterhead, at least four weeks before the proposed event.

Include basic details about your cleanup – what, when, where, and who – plus your contact information, including a phone number, street address, and email address.

Tell us what you hope to accomplish.

Submit a budget detailing how you will use TLGV funds.

Let us know who will be picking up and disposing of the trash (we can’t cover that cost).

Explain how you will involve youth – the future stewards of The Last Green Valley.

Describe how you will publicize not just the event, but the results.

For nonprofit organizations, submit a copy of your 501(c) letter from the IRS.

TLGV reserves the right to approve or deny funds based upon the likelihood of project success and the availability of funds. We will contact you within two weeks of your submission. If TLGV approves funding, you will need to sign a short agreement and you must promise to acknowledge TLGV’s funding in your publicity materials. To help compile accomplishments, you must also complete and return the TLGV “Trash Tracker” forms after the cleanup. For more information, email LyAnn Graff or call her at 860-774-3300.

Natchaug River Young Marines clean up the Quinebaug River Trail in Killingly.

Natchaug River Young Marines clean up the Quinebaug River Trail in Killingly.

Thompson Together Town-wide Cleanup.

Thompson Together Town-wide Cleanup.

Groton Open Space Association Cleanup 2014

Groton Open Space Association Cleanup 2014. Photo courtesy J. Smith.