During a special presentation at the June 19th Homestead City Council meeting Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III awarded certificates of appreciation to volunteers and sponsors who made the Southwest Clean-Up Day a huge success through their hard work and donations.
“Southwest Clean-Up Day is a grassroots way of keeping our community clean and I am humbled and grateful to our local businesses for inspiring young students to keep our streets and parks garbage free,” said Councilman Williams during the presentation. “I am also proud to recognize our volunteers and students for giving their time and energy and for the example they have set for other others in the community to do the same. We hope their example will make this an annual event to keep on encouraging our community to take care of our environment so we can enjoy a clean and beautiful neighborhood.”
Over one hundred and twenty volunteers filled up 65 garbage bags by cleaning the main steers, sidewalks, medians, schools and parks of Southwest area during the Southwest Clean-Up Day. The event, which took place on Saturday, June 1st from 8:00 am to 11:00 am, was organized by Councilman Williams and the Southwest Advisory Committee.
In recognition of their generous donation to help make Southwest Clean-Up Day possible Councilman Williams awarded certificates of appreciation to Community Bank of South Florida, Dade Medical College, Edison Furniture, Homestead Hospital, and Krispy Kreme. Councilman Williams also awarded certificates of appreciation to volunteers Anthony Seibert, Bonnie King Moran, Vielka Dyer of Homestead/Florida City Community Relations Committee, Kevin Chambliss of Congressman Joe Garcia’s Office, Audelia Martinez from the Southwest Advisory Committee who not only helped in organizing the event but also secured volunteers from Le Jardin Community Center. Councilman Williams was also very appreciative for the help of Mr. Robinson and the many volunteers from Miami Bridge Youth and Family Services. Officer Robbie Tate and the Police Explorers also received recognition for their help and efforts, along with Kevin Myles from the Southwest Advisory Committee who reached out to Urban Construction Craft Academy, International Mason Moses #540, Greater Miami Service Corp, and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated who brought volunteers to help with the clean-up efforts throughout the city. All the members of the Southwest Advisory Committee were recognized for their participation. Special thanks also went out to Marisol Ribot assistant to Mayor and Council who worked alongside members of the Southwest Advisory Committee Lawanda Bragg, Dwight Lee and Fred Byrd planning and coordinating this large event. Director Dennis Maytan and Travis Gladford from Parks and Recreation also received certificates of appreciation for preparing the Phicol Williams Community Center to receive all the volunteers and for picking up all the trash bags at the end of the event.