Friday, October 21, 2011

Two Community Clean Up Projects Lend a Hand


Contact: Heather Konyk

Two Community Cleanup Projects

Celebrate Dignity & Respect Month

Volunteers Come Together to Practice Tip 29 “Lend a Hand”

(PITTSBURGH, PA) October 17, 2011 – The Dignity & Respect Campaign recognizes October, Dignity & Respect Month, by practicing Tip 29 “Lend a Hand”, with two community projects on Saturday, October 22 – Lawrenceville Community Cleanup, and the Saturday Beautification Project.

The Dignity & Respect Campaign is a not-for-profit national grassroots initiative that encourages each of us to honor and appreciate the people in our lives, and to take the Dignity & Respect Pledge: I will treat everyone with dignity & respect. The Campaign provides 30 quick and simple tips, such as Tip #5 Say “Thank You”, which can be incorporated in our everyday lives to help us treat each other with dignity and respect. Since 2009, October has been celebrated as Dignity & Respect month in the Greater Pittsburgh area. This year, ten South Western Pennsylvania counties issued proclamations recognizing October as Dignity & Respect month. These counties include: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington, and Westmoreland.

“We are very excited to sponsor these two events. By lending a hand, we can help make the community a better place one step at a time. We hope by showing respect to the community, more residents will get involved and spark a change,” says Melanie Harrington, chair, Dignity & Campaign counsel.

The first project, Lawrenceville Community Cleanup, will be held from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and is intended to make Lawrenceville a clean, safe, and attractive neighborhood. Volunteers will be provided with gloves, garbage bags, and various tools and will travel throughout the community to clean up priority sites.

The second project is the Saturday Beautification Project, which will be held from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The goal is to complete various projects that will impact the entire community. Each project is different and can include tasks such as, weeding, painting, and removing rubble. Volunteers will be provided with all necessary material.

To sign up as a volunteer, visit

October is Dignity & Respect Month. For more information and to take the Dignity & Respect pledge, visit:
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