"Don't Trash Our Dundalk" helps keep Dundalk clean!
December 18, 2014
Growing community pride and partnerships and decreasing the amount of rats and trash were the key reasons that the Dundalk Renaissance Corporation (DRC) created the “Don’t Trash Our Dundalk” campaign. With support from BCF's Neighborhood Grants Program (NGP), the DRC cultivated relationships with 17 community leaders throughout Dundalk, trained 30 residents on the best practices of community outreach and provided community cleanup brochures to over 600 households. Over 190 trash cans, with decals created by local elementary and middle school youth, were distributed to residents from six Dundalk neighborhoods. In total, over 500 volunteer hours were contributed to the campaign.
Since 2012, DRC has been awarded $8,000 from NGP to support this campaign. Earlier this year, volunteers of all ages distributed an additional 243 trash cans to more than 300 residents who attended the DRC Resource Fair in the Turner Station neighborhood. DRC engaged at-risk youth from the YMCA New Horizon Program and adults from the Baltimore County Alternative Sentencing Program to assist with trash pickups and providing cleanup brochures.
“The campaign has developed great momentum that will keep us moving forward,” says Rebecca Bankard, DRC Community Projects Coordinator.
BCF’s goal of making neighborhoods safe, clean, green and vibrant continues to be reflected in our investments in Dundalk as well as many Baltimore neighborhoods.