The annual Richard James Memorial Cleanup will not be held as an organized event in 2021 because of COVID-19 restrictions, but people are encouraged to pick up litter in their neighborhoods following CDC safety procedures and guidelines.
The cleanup event is an opportunity for the citizens to give back during the week of Earth Day and positively impact their community and the local environment, an activity that honors the late Richard James, a person who spent much of his time working to improve it.
“Richard James loved this city and he held a vision for people to come together to make it a better place. He organized a cleanup event, and we want to honor him by calling this the ‘Richard James Memorial City Cleanup,’” said Alice Trowbridge, project coordinator.
Some of the previous partners across the city who hosted events to collect litter include Penn College, Lycoming College, UPMC Susquehanna, The Susquehanna Greenway Partnership and Heart of Williamsport (HOW) team, Larson Design Group, Newberry Community Partnership, Cleanscapes, Stevens School Neighbors, Justice Works Youth Care, the Beloved Community Council, New Covenant UCC, Pajama Factory, PennDOT, and Staiman Recycling.
Community members are encouraged to join one of these efforts in 2022, or host their own neighborhood cleanup as individuals.