SIKESTON - It is teamwork that makes the
Community-Wide Clean-up Day such a success every year,
yet ironically if more Sikeston residents don't step
up and volunteer to help, the success of Saturday's
clean-up will be limited.
According to the Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce,
the number of clean-up requests from residents has
surpassed the number of individuals who've volunteered
And the requests are still coming in. As of press time
today, the lack of volunteers will result in not being
able to meet all of the clean-up requests made.
There is simply not enough manpower, said SACC
Executive Director Missy Marshall. "I'm very concerned
about our clean-up requests from the elderly and
disabled. We've had a large number of those requests
this year and I feel it is very important to try to
meet their needs as a community."
Also in need are volunteers with trucks and trailers
to assist with the clean-up.
In order to ensure that everyone's needs will be met,
the SACC urges residents to volunteer by registering
at 9 a.m. Saturday on Compress Road off North West
Street, across from the compost site. Volunteers are
needed for work teams, registration, providing food,
assisting with staging site set-up and tearing down
and to provide trucks and trailers to help move the
Also, the compost site itself will be open all day
Sunday for individuals to drop their items off.
The project, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 1
p.m., is made up of residents who join forces with
their neighbors to remove trash, trim bushes and clean
yards around the city. The event coincides with "Make
A Difference Day."
Last year more than 300 volunteers helped clean up
1,340 cubic yards of trash which was hauled off and
helped to bring several houses up to city code.
"We were very, very happy with the turnout last year
for the clean-up," Marshall said. "It makes the work
go quickly and efficiently. I hope people who
volunteered last year will turn out again this year
and help their neighbors, which is part of being a
For more information contact the Chamber office at