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Volunteers pick up more than 1 ton of trash during United Way Day of Action

Posted at 12:44 PM, Jun 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-26 21:14:33-04

Volunteers from across Lafayette were spread out across the city Saturday morning taking part in United Way of Acadiana's annual Day of Action.

The event is held in partnership with Parish Proud. This year, the organizations hosted a city-wide litter pickup in an effort to clean up the community. In total, participants picked up more than one ton of trash.

Businesses and individuals had the chance to compete within their respective groups to see who could pick up the most litter within a given time frame.

The litter pickup kicked off Saturday morning at 9 a.m. and ended at 11 a.m. Republic was on hand to pick up each group's "bounty" and bring it back to United Way of Acadiana for weighing.

A "Trash Bash" was held at United Way after the pickup, where volunteers could enjoy food trucks, music. The day wrapped up with an awards ceremony, where Lafayette Junior League placed first in the business category and was named 'The Garbage Gang' and the Adams Children won first place in the individual category and were crowned 'Trash Master.'

"It's a really great way for us to engage more people. With knowing what volunteers can do to make a better community, events like Day of Action is critical to helping us to build support and give opportunities to give back," said President/CEO of United Way of Acadiana Carlee Alm-Labar.

Learn more about United Way and other opportunities to volunteer here.

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