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Community Spring Cleaning in 20th Year

Approximately 350 students and employees from Duquesne University will visit Pittsburgh’s South Side, Uptown and Hill District neighborhoods for the 20th annual Spring Clean-Up project.

Spring Clean-Up is designed to help raise environmental awareness and to strengthen the relationship between the Duquesne family and its neighbors. During last year’s Spring Clean-Up, Duquesne students gathered more than 1,000 bags of trash more than 100 tires.

The students work on the streets, sidewalks, empty lots and open green space. They will also clear three Western Pennsylvania conservancy beds on the South Side and will plant in one of the new green lots in Uptown as part of Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl’s Green Up program. This green space in Uptown was funded through an American Eagle Foundation grant that was given to Pennsylvania Resources Council in partnership with Duquesne University.

“It’s a great opportunity to work with community residents and business owners who also come out for the day to help with the clean-up,” said Luci-Jo DiMaggio, a campus minister at Duquesne University.

Spring Clean-Up is sponsored by Duquesne’s Spiritan Campus Ministry in collaboration with other campus and community partners in the South Side, Uptown and Hill District neighborhoods.

Saturday, April 18
9:30 a.m., volunteer check-in
10 a.m. to 1 p.m., volunteers cleaning and working      

Check in for Duquesne volunteers is at East Carson and 18th St. lot and at 1800 Fifth Ave. The volunteers will work in various areas of the South Side, Uptown and Hill District areas.

Media who are interested in covering the Clean-Up are asked to call Luci-Jo Dimaggio at 412.760.4248.

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