Flags will be flying throughout the downtown area on Clean Up Foxboro Day because May 17 is also Armed Forces Day. Clean Up organizers have reached out to Hero Helpers of America and the Heartillery Group in asking the people of Foxboro to bring items for our servicemen and women that they will be sending out to the troops. Donations will also be welcome for the Food Pantry maintained by the Foxborough Discretionary Fund (see sidebar story).
More than 200 volunteers filled over 11,000 bags with trash last year, all of which were collected and disposed of by A. J. Dooley and his employees at Dooley Service Inc. At the conclusion of the 2013 event, A. J. said “this isn’t a one-day event. We will be back,” and he is. With additional time to plan this year’s event, the number of volunteers is expected to rise as the appeal goes out to individuals, neighborhood groups, family units, Scout troops, sports teams, schools and students, civic and fraternal organizations and anyone who wants to invest in a cleaner roadside.
Clean Up Day volunteers can register now by going to the Clean Up Day web page at www.cleanupfoxboroday.com created by Higher Site Web Design in Brockton. They can also call Dooley Services at 508-543-1389.
On May 17, volunteers will be able to sign in as early as 8 a.m. and the coffee and donuts will be waiting, courtesy of the Dunkin Donuts on Main Street.
While out on their route, the volunteers will be wearing orange safety T shirts provided by Dooley Services Inc. They will also be using disposable gloves and carrying trash bags donated by Supreme Industrial Products and beating the heat with bottled water from Stop & Shop on Main St. The Clean Up Day will wind down at noon with a short program and a cookout with Jake ‘n Joe’s providing the hotdogs and hamburgers and volunteers from the Foxboro Fish & Game will do the cooking.
More willing hands
When planning for the Community Outreach program held by Invensys for many years, which is now being conducted on behalf of Schneider Electric, organizers agreed to include an outreach to the Clean Up Foxboro Day as well. While Schneider employees who can leave their work stations to perform their community work will have to do that between April 22 and 25, the Clean Up Day organizers will make routes available to them so they can make their contributions to Clean Up Foxboro Day ahead of the scheduled event.
The Schneider outreach will also seek employee donations for the servicemen and women as well as the local Food Pantry as Invensys has done in the past.
During the closing program on Clean Up Foxboro Day, one card that volunteers will be asked to fill out as they sign in on May 17 will be drawn from among the hundreds filled out that morning.
That volunteer will go home with two tickets to a mutually agreeable 2014 New England Patriots Game and VIP parking with access via North Street. That package, provided by the Kraft family and New England Patriots, will also include two pre-game tailgate party passes held in the Dana Farber Field House with complementary food and beverages and two pre-game sideline passes to stand on the field as the team warms up.
Final details as to where the Clean Up Day activities will be located on May 17 will be announced shortly.