On this Thanksgiving day, I want to openly thank the volunteers who care enough about our community that they are willing to help clean up the street. If you see them at work, please thank them yourselves.
A few months ago, during the official reopening of Roncesvalles which saw the return of the street cars, a local resident took it upon herself to start cleaning up part of the street. Maria’s voluntary effort caught the eye of our own Roncesvalles Renewed member, Mary Wiens, who figured that she would be willing to pitch in too.
It took only a few conversations before they discovered others willing to help out. Everyone agreed what a difference it would make if people from our community pitched in to pick up some litter. Like the Earth Day Sweep, but more often.
The mechanical street sweepers don’t get it all and the City street cleaners only come around sporadically. In the meantime, litter piles up and what should be a lovely looking street, drifts into a a rather sorry looking state. It belies the spirit of this community that sincerely cares about its main street.
So our volunteers started a few weeks ago to put in some time along a few blocks to pick up litter clean up the planting beds and tree beds. Some shops along Roncesvalles have agreed to store the brooms and dustbins needed to do the job. Makes it more convenient for the volunteers.
For the time being, you can recognize them by their brooms and dustbins and they sometimes work in pairs. Makes it easier and more sociable.
If you appreciate what they’re doing, consider helping out. We welcome anyone who would like to pitch in. 15-30 minutes now and again, whenever you can, would make a difference. You can focus on a few blocks close to where you live or work. Just send us a note with your contact information and the intersection you are closest too. We tell you where the broom and dustbin is stored on Roncesvalles and put you in touch with the lead volunteer who is looking after that part.
The more people pitch in, the less time it will take for any one volunteer. The cleaner our street, the more likely others will want to keep it that way. Well, that’s the theory which has been proven in subways and other places, so we think it will surely prove true on Roncy.