This past weekend, there plenty of cleaning up being done in downtown Clinton leading up to a biannual citywide effort dedicated to that purpose.
The Clinton Main Street Program partnered with the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals of Sampson County to spruce up the downtown on Saturday. Main Street Program committee members, staff and the Young Professionals got rid of weeds and put down mulch around plant beds around the square to revitalize the area.
Clinton Main Street Manager Mary Rose said the effort was being done “in order to spruce up Downtown Clinton as we head into the city’s annual Spring Clean Up Week.” That week-long effort, during which items not normally accepted as part of regular trash collection such as furniture, appliances and tires are taken from curbs, began Monday and will extend through April 15.
“Partnerships make things happen” has been a theme for the Clinton Main Street Program for many years. Rose said that is an apt slogan.
She said the Main Street Program, its committee members and volunteers are always looking for partnership opportunities. The latest partnership for a “Downtown Clinton Spring Clean Up Day” materialized from the Main Street Program’s Design Committee, which is tasked with partnering to improve the overall look of the downtown.
“Reaching out to the Clinton-Sampson Chamber Young Professionals seemed to be a great way to create another partnership with this enthusiastic and service-driven group.” Rose remarked.
Alison Carr, chair of the group, echoed that sentiment leading up to Saturday’s clean up.
“The Young Professionals of Sampson County is looking forward to offering its members the opportunity to assist the Clinton Main Street Program and their volunteers with the Downtown Clinton Spring Clean Up Day,” said Carr.
The mission of the Young Professionals of Sampson County organization is to connect young professionals with one another, engage within their community through community service projects such as the clean up day, and advance in professional development and leadership skills.
“Since our organization was established in June 2015, we have offered community service projects to our members each month,” Carr noted.
Saturday’s landscaping endeavor was just the latest for the Main Street Program, which previously partnered with the County of Sampson, members of the Downtown Dash Committee — Carr also heads that group — and local Boy Scouts to complete projects around the courthouse and the “Milling Around” art piece.