This weekend is the N.C. Big Sweep, a time when families can help take care of the parks that make the Triangle such a great place to raise kids.
The Big Sweep mobilizes people all over the state to clean up parks and waterways. In years past, volunteers have collected 14,000 to 20,000 pounds of trash in Wake County alone on this weekend.
It’s a great opportunity to get kids involved in community service and teach them the importance of clean land and water.
“We’re helping parents instill a community ethic and a stewardship ethic into their children,” said Sheila Jones, the Wake County Big Sweep Coordinator. “Once you spend three sweaty hours picking this stuff up, you think twice before you throw something out the car window.”
Wake County has the most options for families that want to participate in the cleanup. Below are some places you can volunteer this weekend. Jones advises that you call ahead to let them know you are coming and make sure there is work appropriate for children.
To find volunteer opportunities in other counties, visit www.ncbigsweep.org.
If you’re not in the mood for cleaning up this weekend, there are a few other fun events.Heritage Festival Worldwide Day of Play