Adopt a Highway

Adopt a Highway
@Marcyaz (35618)
United States
September 12, 2015 7:08am CST
Many churches, companies, different organizations volunteer to clean up litter on their highways making the highway look nice to the eyes of people traveling. No one likes to see litter along the roads. This saves your Department of Transportation thousands of dollars by not having to hire people and in the long run saves you money also . You will be provided with safety vests, trash bags and safety information. The requirements for pick up times is different in all States and some will ask you to pick up both sides, some will say only one side. They will provide a sign stating the name of your organization. The Department of Transportation will work with you on which highway needs volunteers. It is very satisfying to know you are helping to keep your highways clean and neat. My husband and I did this for over a year and we were happy to help out. Why don't you think about it...
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@topffer (35548)
• France
12 Sep 15
I helped to clean a public forest in the past. It was not a completely selfless act, as I pick some mushrooms in these woods, and I hate to see papers and bottles near the paths.
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@Marcyaz (35618)
• United States
12 Sep 15
It is helping no matter what the reason. Papers and bottles some people just seem to think others will pick up after them.
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@simone10 (21647)
• Louisville, Kentucky
12 Sep 15
I think it is a great idea for those who are physically able to help out. I'm sure it make one feel proud of the work they have done.
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@Marcyaz (35618)
• United States
12 Sep 15
Yes and if only two people go out to pick up that day one drives and the other picks up and it does feel good to know you are helping keep your town clean.
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@simone10 (21647)
• Louisville, Kentucky
14 Sep 15
@Marcyaz Every little bit helps
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@Marcyaz (35618)
• United States
14 Sep 15
@simone10 Yes evey little bit does help. We all try to do our share.
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@celticeagle (119157)
• Boise, Idaho
12 Sep 15
I remember doing this one summer with the church group I was a member of when I was living in Pocatello. It was fun. So many pluses. Great idea for youth.
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@Marcyaz (35618)
• United States
12 Sep 15
There are a lot of church groups with young people helping out like you did. It's a great experience and also fun.
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@celticeagle (119157)
• Boise, Idaho
13 Sep 15
@Marcyaz Good exercise too.
@valmnz (12754)
• New Zealand
12 Sep 15
I like this idea. We have it here for beaches and forests too.
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@Marcyaz (35618)
• United States
12 Sep 15
That is wonderful to hear that volunteers clean beaches and forests.
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@Lushlala (939)
• Gaborone, Botswana
12 Sep 15
Well done on joining the programme, Marcy. It sure sounds like a great idea. I wish we had it here, but we don't. It'd definitely be something I'd want to take part in.
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@Marcyaz (35618)
• United States
12 Sep 15
Thanks Mpho, it is a good feeling knowing you are doing your part to keep your town clean. To bad you don't have this program there.
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@writerjo (1320)
• India
12 Sep 15
@Marcyaz You and your husband are dedicated to do this great sevice .. Much appreciated one . In our country also there are some organizations do this type of good jobs .
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@Marcyaz (35618)
• United States
12 Sep 15
We did this because we wanted to give back to our community. Thank You and I am glad to hear there are some organizations in your country that do this also.
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@vandana7 (66842)
• India
12 Sep 15
That is a great suggestion. Out here, though they will look down upon us if we do something like that. We can become social outcasts, sort of.
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@Marcyaz (35618)
• United States
12 Sep 15
Social outcast just for helping keep roads clean, doesn't sound good at all.
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@vandana7 (66842)
• India
12 Sep 15
@Marcyaz ..out here, nobody does that. I felt the urge to clean up some road, and grow some plants, but I dare not. Not even my maid would do that. Only the poorest of poor would do that. That is what is weird about this set up. False prestige and pride.
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@Marcyaz (35618)
• United States
12 Sep 15
@vandana7 Oh my you country does sound different from here to be looked down on for helping keep your town clean. False prestige and pride is right.
@inertia4 (27713)
• United States
15 Sep 15
I see here in NYC people that are on Welfare working on the highways cleaning them up. That is part of their work program. But with all the clean up on these highways, they are still very dirty and have loads of garbage on them.
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@Marcyaz (35618)
• United States
18 Sep 15
That is good that welfare people are helping clean up the highway. What a shame that people feel they have to throw their garbage out on the highways, think of what their homes must look like. Is their no law there about throwing trash out on the highways.
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@inertia4 (27713)
• United States
18 Sep 15
@Marcyaz It is a shame. It's like they take for granted that someone else is going to just come along and clean it up. Some people just don't care.
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@Marcyaz (35618)
• United States
19 Sep 15
@inertia4 I blame on lot of this type of behavior on their upbringing. Let someone else do it seems like they think but if they had to clean up anything then their reaction would be completely different.
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• United States
12 Sep 15
Thats a nice thing to do Marcy..so happy you guys could.
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@Marcyaz (35618)
• United States
12 Sep 15
Thanks we enjoyed it and did it every Saturday.
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• United States
12 Sep 15
@Marcyaz Good peoples
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@Marcyaz (35618)
• United States
13 Sep 15
@TiarasOceanView Thanks my friend...
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@tessastv (275)
• Inverness, Scotland
14 Sep 15
Such a wonderful thing to do, volunteering for the better. I'm glad you could join it.
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@Marcyaz (35618)
• United States
14 Sep 15
It is always satisfying when you can volunteer and know you are doing your part in giving back.
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@cahaya1983 (10039)
• Malaysia
13 Sep 15
That's a wonderful thing! Here you can see people volunteering to clean up after games at the stadium or after street occasions but it's not an organized or systematic thing - people just do it on their own initiative.
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@Marcyaz (35618)
• United States
14 Sep 15
Doing it on their own initiative is a really wonderful thing to do so you know they really care.
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@Inlemay (16729)
• South Africa
27 May 16
our schools do this every so often - I think it as great incentive
@Marcyaz (35618)
• United States
27 May 16
@Inlemay It is a good project for school children to help clean up.
• United States
1 Oct 15
This topic causes some bittersweet memories. I live in a gated community and many years ago they suggested giving the residence a sign if they choose to adopt part of the roads to clean up. At the time we had a Girl Scout trio (that is when my daughter was in high school and only three girls were left in the troop). The leader and her daughter is only 2 streets away and the other girl was a street away from them, so we decided to adopt my street, the street between us and the leader, and the other girl's street. Unfortunately it never came about (maybe the community couldn't afford the signs?) and soon after the girls graduated, the one girl was killed in an automobile accident. So sometimes when I see those signs, I think of her and my son and I do clean up our street and the land in between the street next to us.
@gregario888 (1282)
• Aurangabad, India
13 Sep 15
These volunteers are doing a great job. wish them luck, and may their tribe grow.