Albion Clean Up for Earth Day

Round One of the Albion Clean Up was a big success!

Friends of Albion Animals pitched in to help their friends’ home.

You can see photos of last Saturday’s work here:

Much thanks to Friends of Albion’s Animals and Play Right Sports for bringing out teams to tackle key areas. Also, thank you to the Albion Volunteer Service Organization for the donation of gloves and bags.

We will meet again at City Hall, Saturday, April 23, at 10 a.m. for Round Two of Albion Clean Up for Earth Day.

Register here through GivePulse to help the organizers plan head:

Stop by City Hall (112 W. Cass Street) to pick up gloves and trash bags, plus a clean-up “assignment” if you need one!

Albion has a way of coming together at important times to work on projects, whether it be the Festival of the Forks, volunteering, or making things better in other ways.

In 2011, Albionites came together to promote our city and to vote for it with a Reader’s Digest contest.  We did win, and the big Reader’s Digest truck came to town to make a presentation of a big check for $10,000 toward the Bohm Theatre project.

People noticed there was a lot of litter, it was April, and when the snow is gone, the litter tends to show up.  We did something about it.  Together.

This date happens to be very close to Earth Day, so that is the theme for this volunteer event on Saturday, April 23, 2022.

Albion was in the national news for Earth Day 52 years ago for its volunteerism.

Groups participating in the Albion Clean Up for Earth Day include:

  • Albion Volunteer Service Organization
  • Citizens to Beautify Albion
  • Greater Albion Chamber of Commerce
  • Friends of Albion’s Animals
  • Albion NAACP
  • City of Albion
  • The Recorder Newspaper
  • Albion Design & Marketing
  • More helpers will be listed soon!

To help the Friends of Albion’s Animals, please bring your empty pop bottles and Family Fare receipts. They need the entire receipt including the bottom part.  They will pick up these items from City Hall.  If you have any cat food in cans, or bags, that you do not need, this is also gratefully accepted.

When we work together, we put Albion in a favorable light.  We might not always do things perfectly, but we keep trying.

Another famous date in April was April 23, 1910. Theodore Roosevelt, the former president, had left his office the year before.  He had suffered tragic losses in his family and turned to the outdoors for comfort.  He gave a speech in Paris this day, commonly known as “The Man in the Arena.”  It has to do with being involved by participating in the work that needs to be done.

…there is no effort without error and shortcoming

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

We’ll be sharing more opportunities to be involved in Albion, volunteer, run for office, and to make our world a better place.

Here is a link to the Facebook “Albion Clean Up for Earth Day” event page on the Albion Michigan Arts Group.  You can click to show you are coming or interested.

Then you can invite others from there also!  It would also help if you can identify spots in Albion that need TLC with what we can do now, together.  A quick pick up and post photos of spots we can try to get on this link or to on the related posts.

See you at City Hall this Saturday, April 23, 10:00 a.m. for Albion Clean Up for Earth Day 2022 Round 2!  This day will be warm but you might want to bring bug spray! Thank you for spreading the word!

Read more about ways to be engaged in Albion: