Fall in with Roadside PRIDE volunteers

Driving in southern and eastern Kentucky will be even more scenic this fall, thanks to local residents who volunteer to pick up litter during the Roadside PRIDE campaign. Photo by TOUR Southern and Eastern Kentucky.

SOMERSET, KY - Now is the time to volunteer for southern and eastern Kentucky's fall cleanup campaign, Roadside PRIDE.

"These sunny fall days are the perfect time for outdoor projects, like making our yards, roads and parks look their best," said Tammie Wilson of PRIDE, the nonprofit organization that organizes volunteer cleanup events across the 42-county region.

"If we pick up litter now, then we'll be ready to welcome visitors who travel here to see our gorgeous fall scenery," Wilson said. "We like to say, 'Take PRIDE, company's coming,' to remind us that a clean environment and a successful tourism industry go hand in hand. Of course, we all will enjoy the views more, too, if there aren't bottles and bags in the ditches."

"Roadside PRIDE is a win-win event, really," she said. "When you volunteer, you soak in the beautiful fall weather, you serve your community, you enjoy the clean scenery, and you make your community attractive to tourists."

The Roadside PRIDE campaign encourages volunteers to pick up litter near their home, church, business or favorite spot this fall.

PRIDE provides trash bags and gloves to volunteers who pick up litter and dispose of it with their own trash. For assistance, please call the PRIDE office, toll free, at 888-577-4339.

Volunteers may contact their local PRIDE Coordinator after they pick up litter and dispose of it with their trash. The coordinator will add the volunteer hours to the city or county's Roadside PRIDE tally. PRIDE will recognize the region's cities and counties with the most Roadside PRIDE volunteers.

"Your community may recruit volunteers for a Roadside PRIDE event, so stay tuned to your local media," Wilson added.

To find your PRIDE Coordinator, click your county on the map at <http://kypride.org/service-area/> http://kypride.org/service-area/.

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