RUSTBURG, VA - On Saturday, April 2, 2022, approximately 75 youth leaders, members of Liberty University's elite Converge Leadership Program (LUCLP) assembled in Campbell County to make a difference, one piece of litter at a time.
Together, with County staff, LUCLP leadership, donned orange safety vests, outfitted themselves with supplies, and embarked upon a mission - to restore our locality's natural beauty. This inaugural event, titled 'Clean Up, Campbell - 2022 Day of Service,' an extension of the 'Keep Campbell County Beautiful' initiative launched last year, successfully removed 106 bags of litter - and 30 pounds of metal from our scenic areas.
"The Converge Leadership program equips our members the leadership training and professional skills they need to become effective leaders," notes Sheldon Farrington, Associate Director, Programs & Leadership Development. "Part of that is encouraging each other to hold firm to the values and principles that Scripture provides, which is that we come to serve, and not to be served."
Beginning at 10:00 a.m., County staff and LUCLP volunteers were dispatched to areas within the locality that were identified through collaboration between Campbell County Public and Employee Relations Department, Public Works, the Sheriff's Office and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDoT). These areas, which are known to be reported by citizens as high-litter areas, fell in each neighborhood within the County, with emphasis focused on one particular state maintained road, Crews Shop Road (SR656), in Concord.
"We are grateful that the volunteer response allowed us to be able to target these areas," said Brian Stokes, Director of Public Works. "Our teams were abundantly successful, and my crew leads could not have asked for better volunteers. VDoT was kind enough to collect the litter we removed, and LUCLP members were not only polite and courteous, but really cared about doing the best job possible."
A slideshow, depicting the day's activities may be seen here.
Citizens are reminded they may participate in the ‘Give Us 5, Campbell’ anti-litter campaign by dedicating five feet for five minutes for five days to help keep their properties litter-free.
For more information about the 'Keep Campbell County Beautiful' project, please visit: www.campbellcountyva.gov, where you can pledge to ‘Give Us 5, Campbell’ or register to volunteer for a Green Team.