Chamber, volunteers clean up Friday

Published 1:16 am Saturday, April 22, 2017

Looking to make a small impact, members of the Andalusia Area Chamber of Commerce along with other volunteers took time out of their day on Friday morning to clean up trash along the road.

“At the Chamber, we have an interest in environmental issues,” Executive Director Chrissie Duffy said. “We want the people here to have a clean place to live, but it’s also about it being aesthetically appealing. Our traffic numbers our up, and we want to show off our assets, not out trash.”

Duffy said the group of around 20 volunteers picked up a lot of trash in just a few hours.

“There were about 20 volunteers altogether,” Duffy said. “We had engineers from CDG, bankers, retirees and, of course, chamber members. We picked up a couple of truckloads of garbage in just a tiny area. This is just a small start and hopefully it can be a catalyst to inspire others to do the same.”

The group of volunteers chose a stretch of road on Hwy. 29 North between Cynergy and Straughn School road to begin their efforts.

“We asked Glenn Ralls where would be the best place to make the biggest impact,” Duffy said. “He said that this would be a good place to start. That’s all this is. It’s just a start. We want more people to see this and be inspired to hold their own cleanup day.”

Duffy said that the chamber would even help provide things needed for a clean up.

“If anyone wants to hold their own cleanup day, we will be more than happy to provide them with the materials,” Duffy said. “We have trash bags and extra safety vests that we will provide.”



Any churches, school groups, business or anyone that wants to help, they come up to the chamber and we will help them out.”