Students, Faculty and Staff Join Community for 23rd Annual Spring Clean-Up

Spiritan Campus Ministry will host its 23rd annual Spring Clean-Up on Saturday, April 14, welcoming the participation of other campus organizations and local community members.

Teams of students, faculty and staff will be led to designated areas in the Hill District and the South Side. In addition, Pittsburgh City Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle will work with volunteers in the Hill District and Pittsburgh City Councilman Bruce Kraus will participate with the South Side group.

The clean-up initiative is designed to strengthen neighborhood relationships and spread awareness about local communities. Participants will clear lots and pick up litter, among other activities.

Campus Minister Luci-Jo DiMaggio said the event has grown since starting and that this year, volunteers will work in neighborhoods where they may interact daily.

“For the past eight years, we have been focusing more on the community aspect of the clean-up event,” DiMaggio said. “Instead of having people go 30 minutes away, we wanted to go back to our roots in the local neighborhoods and involve more community partnerships.”

Community partners include UPMC, the Hill District Consensus Group, Clean Green Hill and others.

Check-in and breakfast will be on the Mellon Hall Patio at 9 a.m. Free lunches will be provided by Taste of the Neighborhood on the South Side and Mr. Ribb’s, Z-Best Barbeque in the Hill District. For more information on this service opportunity, visit the website or email DiMaggio.