City receives grant for cleanup project

City receives grant for cleanup project
Posted on 12/06/2017
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A cleaner, greener Rocky Mount is even closer to fruition thanks to a grant from the Futrell-Mauldin Community Fund for Greater Rocky Mount, a component of the NC Community Foundation. The $1,000 grant, awarded to the city of Rocky Mount, will help employ residents of Christian Fellowship Home and clients of Tri-County Industries in the Rocky Mount Litter Cleanup Project.

“I am excited about the opportunity for the city of Rocky Mount to partner with the Futrell-Mauldin Community Fund for Greater Rocky Mount,” commented Cornelia McGee, the writer of the grant for the city. “I am further confident that this amazing grant opportunity will afford up to eight residents at Christian Fellowship Home and Tri-County Industries employment and a more stable quality of life. The grant will also help to reduce litter and restore cleanliness to our roadsides.”

In previous years, residents of Fountain Women’s Correctional Institute were paid by the state to keep the area clean. When the prison closed, the litter cleanup was discontinued.

The Rocky Mount Litter Cleanup Project began in March and is funded by the city of Rocky Mount. The litter crew has retrieved a total of 2,027 bags of trash, an estimated 40,540 pounds of trash, 149 signs and 15 tires. From March 1, 2017 through Nov. 10, 2017, the crew has worked more than 4,300 hours on litter cleanup.

The program is one of many ways the city works to keep the area attractive to visitors, investors and residents. The key to keeping Rocky Mount beautiful is a collective effort to reduce, reuse and recycle.