PORTSMOUTH-Whether it’s serving on the Portsmouth City Council or hosting the Southern Ohio Senior Games, Lyvette Mosley is always looking to help the community.
To serve her city and help welcome visitors to Portsmouth, Mosley is spearheading a new organization called Ward Walkers. In the early stages of infancy, Ward Walkers is a community project bringing people together for a common cause, the cleanup of litter and trashed areas of Portsmouth, Ohio, by enhancing the look of neighborhoods. Hosting its first cleanup event this weekend, April 23, residents of each ward are encouraged to go out and clean their neighborhoods.
“One of my constituents came to me about starting this group and she knew I liked to be outside and exercise,” Mosley said. “We thought it would be a good way for residents to meet their neighbors and help clean up the wards simultaneously.”
On April 23, 2022, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., residents are encouraged to head to downtown Portsmouth at the Esplanade to sign up and help clean up one of the wards within the city. Residents will be able to see which ward the group will be cleaned on Arbor Day and future cleanups for other wards.
“Our kickoff will be April 23, but we want this to be a reoccurring event that people will come together every so often and pick up trash,” Mosley said.
Along with signups for Ward Walkers, participants will also be able to order a Ward Walkers shirt for $5. The shirt will feature the organization’s name, Ward Walkers, along with the logo and the number of the ward the participant lives in.
“We have had some people say they don’t know what ward they live in and we encourage them to go to the board of elections and find out,” Mosley said. “Arbor Day will be our first event, but we are looking at going into schools and teaching children about the issues littering causes and hosting other events, including Facebook Lives.”
Ward Walker signups will also be part of the city’s Earth and Arbor Day event, co-hosted by the Portsmouth Shade Tree Commission, Shawnee State University, the Southern Ohio Museum and other entities. The event will feature tree giveaways, a farmers’ market, vendors, themed activities, poetry readings, and a brand-new exhibition from the Southern Ohio Museum.
“We hope Ward Walkers will become a community event and grow,” Mosley said. “It is not just for making the city look better, but also for health reasons and building a stronger community.”
Those who wish to help clean up on Arbor Day will be able to utilize equipment provided by Friends of Portsmouth, including trash grabbers, gloves, garbage bags and more. If interested in joining the Ward Walkers group, please visit its official Facebook page.
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