3rd Adopts-A-Street group in Gallatin, picks up 140 pounds of litter on the road
On December 4, volunteers from Gallatin First Church of the Nazarene collected 140 pounds of trash along Lock 4 Road, as part of the city’s ongoing Adopt-A-Street program.
Soda bottles. Old newspapers.
Fast food waste, plastic bags and discarded masks.
Even old shoes.
The church is the third group to adopt a street within the city limits of Gallatin in the past 12 months – after the program’s first participant, Freedom Church of Gallatin, in July.
So far, over 200 volunteers have collected nearly 5,000 pounds of trash this year through local volunteer events.
Following: Freedom Church of Gallatin is the first to join the city’s Adopt-A-Street program
Volunteers joined in the cleanup of the town after college student Isabelle Rector presented the idea to the community council of the First Church of the Nazarene – a seven-member group that evaluates ideas for community service.
“I think the purpose of the church in general, I think, is to reach out to the community, and there’s no better way to show what you believe in than to put it into practice,” said the rector, 16, in a previous press release.
“We can tell people all day long the things we believe in, but actually go out and show people who we are.”
Sounds good for Gallatin Mayor Paige Brown.
Brown and other city officials want the waste to be disposed of, helping to beautify the city.
“It’s not pretty, it’s embarrassing and it’s heartbreaking,” Brown said in a previous press release. “The city just can’t keep up with the amount of garbage, so we have to change some bad habits and keep picking up the ones that aren’t there yet.”
One of the reasons the rector’s church has chosen to engage in garbage collection, she said, is that all ages can participate.
While in transit to the Sumner County Resource Authority, Gallatin Police encourage residents to haul trash to contain it.
Volunteers interested in participating in the Adopt-a-Street program – the program is run by Gallatin Public Works – must adopt a segment of a main street for at least a year and participate in scheduled cleanups at least four times a year, collecting litter on both sides of the road. Training is available for volunteers.
In recognition of their efforts, a sign will be put up to honor the volunteers’ commitment to the program and the community, officials said.
To learn more about Adopt-a-Street, contact Public Works Administrative Assistant Dianna Johnson at [email protected] or (615) 451-5909.
Katie Nixon can be reached at [email protected] or (615) 517-1285.