Keeping Gloucester beautiful is a community effortCourt Circle

Get together with your family, friends and neighbors to host a cleanup or beautification event at a public space...

  1. - Host a river cleanup via kayak for International Coastal Cleanup Day 
  2. - Plant trees to celebrate Arbor Day
  3. - Adopt a public spot to beautify on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

...the Clean Community Office can support your event and help to make it a success!  We have equipment to lend, county connections for arranging trash bag pickup, and a wide social media reach to help you publicize. All we ask is that you report back with your stats (e.g. how many people/bags of trash collected) so we can use them for our grant reporting and keep the Clean Community office thriving.


Steps to Help You Get Started on an Event

  • Decide on an event type. Do you want to host a cleanup, recycling or planting event? The Clean Community Office can assist with brainstorming ideas.
  • Enlist assistance from the tall and small! Assistance can come in all sizes from neighborhood associations, church groups, scout troops, civic organizations, and others.
  • Mark your calendar! Set a date for the event - Saturday mornings between 8 a.m. and noon tend to garner the most volunteers. Let the Clean Community Office know once you set a date so we can help publicize your event and gather supplies for you.
  • Make a to-do list. Create a checklist of equipment you will need for your event. Ask volunteers to bring some of their own equipment. The Clean Community Office can supply you with trash bags and has litter grabbers, gloves, safety vests, and other items to loan for your event.
  • Celebrate a job well done! Congratulate your volunteers by hosting a picnic at the conclusion of the event. Submit photos of your event to the local press for publication. Let the Clean Community office know the outcome of your event (how many volunteers, what was accomplished, how many hours were dedicated to the event, etc.).


The Gloucester Clean Community Office also hosts Clean Gloucester Days twice a year in March and October, provides educational programs for groups and schoolchildren, and manages the Adopt-a-Spot and Adopt-a-Boat-Landing programs. For more information, please contact the Clean Community office at 804-693-5370 or .

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) manages the Adopt-a-Highway program. For information Adopt-a-Highway, please visit VDOT's website.