Taggers’ lament: Volunteers to whitewash Glendale’s graffiti

first_imgGLENDALE – They’ll head out with buckets and paint and come back later to party – all in a day’s work for the hundreds of volunteers painting out graffiti and cleaning up Glendale. Saturday’s event is part of a nationwide cleanup campaign organized by the nonprofit Keep America Beautiful. Organizers in Glendale expect 600-800 volunteers to participate. Volunteers will meet by Glendale police headquarters and eat breakfast before getting to work. Two hundred participants will drive over to the Los Angeles River to remove graffiti. Other volunteers will fan out with buckets, paint and tongs, cleaning up vacant lots, streets, pedestrian tunnels and a bridge. This year’s campaign will have 30,000 events nationwide. “It’s like a patchwork quilt, when you think of all the things that happen across the country,” Cunningham said. Glendale’s event is organized by the city’s Neighborhood Services division and the Committee for a Clean and Beautiful Glendale, in conjunction with Keep America Beautiful. [email protected] (818) 546-3304 ——— IF YOU GO The Great Graffiti Paint-Out and Community Clean-Up Day will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Glendale Police Department, 131 N. Isabel St. Volunteers should wear comfortable clothes and shoes.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsAfter a couple hours of working, volunteers will trickle back to the front of police headquarters building to mingle and listen to a performance from the Glendale High School band. “It gets the community involved in a very worthwhile project, and that’s to clean up the neighborhoods of graffiti and trash,” City Councilman Ara Najarian said. “And at the same time I think it impresses a sense of city pride on the kids, the young children who are participating, not to get involved in any activities that are destructive or vandalizing the city,” he said. “The Great American Cleanup” is a nationwide campaign in its 21st year, running from March 1 to May 31. Last year, volunteers nationwide collected 208 million pounds of litter while park rangers power-washed Mount Rushmore for the first time since 1941, said Gail Cunningham, vice president of Keep America Beautiful. last_img