At a recent meeting of team leaders for “Keep Hot Springs Village Beautiful,” Jane Phillips-Jolly, a regional commissioner from “Keep Arkansas Beautiful,” addressed the group about litter and her organization’s efforts to keep the state looking good.
Clean-up coordinator Mary Ann Kennedy welcomed everyone to the breakfast meeting at Home Plate and said the group now has about 200 volunteers for clean-up days, with 30 team leaders and co-leaders. Several organization’s representatives were at this meeting and introduced themselves, their organization and what section of the Village they are responsible for. Participating organizations on hand this day included several service groups, Altrusa, Couples Golf League, Boomers Rock, several churches and the Woodworkers Club, to name a few.
Phillips-Jolly began with some background information about herself which showed this is one busy lady. Besides being a realtor, she serves with many volunteer organizations including the Cultural Alliance and at the chapel at Oaklawn racetrack. The commission on which she serves consists of three people and is part of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. Phillips-Jolly oversees 30 counties in her role as a commissioner.
She shared a few basic safety tips for cleaning up litter, such things as not having children along busy roadways, notifying local law enforcement of the presence of workers and having a first aid kit and plenty of water. “Be prepared and think about those things,” she said. Phillips-Jolly emphasized the importance of getting the word out to the community and thus getting more people involved.
The number one litter item is cigarette butts, she noted, as she encouraged folks to report those who litter and to teach the younger generation the importance of a clean environment. Phillips-Jolly complimented the Village for how good it looks compared to Hot Springs.
Kennedy concluded the meeting with a few statistics, saying for the past two Village clean-ups there have been 398 workers, 279 miles of roads covered, 514 hours spent and 429 bags of trash collected.
For more information contact Kennedy at makt ek90@gmail.com.