Last week we heard about an inspirational Earth Day project that saw the community come together to clean up Allentown. This week there is news that another Allentown cleanup initiative has been founded, and this time it’s an ongoing grassroots meet-up that is being called Allentown Litter Mob. Members of the mob meet at 6:30pm at Fat Bob’s Smokehouse, 41 Virginia Place, and this will be repeated every 3rd Thursday. Hopefully this guerrilla mob will have some longevity, especially if there is some sort of incentive.
Other than being rewarded with a clean neighborhood, there is another incentive. After one hour of cleanup, volunteers will meet back at the restaurant and for a $5 dollar donation to the Allentown Association, Fat Bob’s will put out an hour’s worth of food and one drink per volunteer. Now that’s a good deal. Materials will be provided for everyone – gloves, rakes, shovels, etc. – making this cleanup easy and ultimately fun.
It would be great to see similar initiatives underway in other neighborhoods. After all, it’s excellent exposure for the restaurant, and the side benefits are immeasurable. It’s also a good way to meet others in the community who are interested in grassroots cleanup efforts.
Maybe this sort of program will lead to some guerrilla gardeners showing up on the scene?
Also, for anyone looking to celebrate Earth Day in true party fashion, Fat Bob’s will also be hosting the 2nd Annual Largest Arbor Day Party in America event this Friday at 6am. Once again, 103.3 The Edge’s Shredd and Ragan will be broadcasting live from the restaurant, and Earth Day activities such as a parade around Buffalo’s Historic Arbor District will ensue. Last year saw the crowning of Miss Arbor Day and visits by numerous environmental organizations. Partial proceeds to the Olmsted Parks Conservancy.
Stop on over, meet the crew, grab a beer and support Arbor Day in Buffalo!
Photo: Shredd and Ragan with Miss Arbor Day and a guy dressed like a tree