New Year, New Parish cleanup happening Saturday

Posted at 1:59 AM, Jan 21, 2021

New Year, New Parish is the slogan for Saturday's beautification event in Lafayette.

It's being put on by Parish Proud, One Acadiana, United Way of Acadiana, UL Lafayette and Republic Services at the intersection of Cameron and University.

One nearby store manager says she's so looking forward to the event on January 23, which lasts from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm.

"I'm happy because sometimes people just throw their trash in the parking lot and sometimes I pick it up," says Gemma Jackson, manager at Hair Star.

This Saturday, Gemma won't be the only one tending to the litter outside the shop though. Parish Proud is inviting any one who would like to help clean up the University Avenue Corridor.

"University is one of our collective living rooms to Lafayette, and we want to make sure we're picking up our trash before company comes over," says Brianne Hendricks with Parish Proud.

This isn't just a one day thing. Parish Proud has a mission to better the quality of life across the parish. In November 2020, Parish Proud and its partners helped clean up 1,880 pounds of litter and dumped items from the corridor.

"We know that cities that put effort into beautification have higher property values, happier people and just more community pride," says Hendricks.

It's a common goal that is easy to get on board with.

"We're looking to bring the entire community together. Even if you live in Scott, Carencro, Youngsville, Duson, we will be in those places eventually. For now, come help us unify our entryway," Hendricks says.

The hope is you'll get hooked on helping and continue the mission in your every day.

"It's easier than you think to get into picking up litter and volunteering," she says.

And it's super easy to get involved. Everything you'll need to know for day-of event information is here in this link.