Volunteers Gather in Frog Hollow for Neighborhood Clean-Up

Men’s Ice Hockey Team Participates in First of Monthly Series of Clean-Up Events

Members of the men's ice hockey team participate
in the April 28 Frog Hollow SAFE clean-up.

Hartford, Connecticut, May 8, 2018 – Close to 100 volunteers, including members of the Trinity College men’s ice hockey team, gathered on Broad Street in Frog Hollow on Saturday, April 28, to take part in a neighborhood clean-up. The event was organized by Frog Hollow SAFE (Safety Alliance for Everyone).

SAFE is a recently formed coalition of partners working together to address blight and safety in the Frog Hollow neighborhood. Southside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance (SINA), a partnership between the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Hartford Hospital, and Trinity College, is the organizer of SAFE. The coalition partners include Know Thy Neighbor, Vecinos Unidos, Templo Fe, the Faith Based Initiative, Mutual Housing Association of Greater Hartford, and the Frog Hollow NRZ. The group aims to promote neighborliness and to inspire residents to take action to address problems near their homes and throughout the neighborhood.

Other local groups participating in the April 28 clean-up included young people from the Hartford Youth Service Corps, Hartford Fire Explorers, Hartford Police Explorers, and students from Bulkeley High School. Spanish language radio station La Mega 105 participated by providing volunteers as well as broadcasting live segments from the event.

The clean-up was structured as a competition based on the number of trash bags collected and social media activity, with winners earning prizes donated to the event by local businesses and organizations. Results included 155 bags of trash and recycling, 45 Hartford 311 requests, and 18 vacant lots reported. Social media activity around the event included 87 social media posts, 85 shares, and 817 likes.

The April 28 event was the first in a series of monthly neighborhood clean-up events scheduled through the summer. The next cleanup will take place Saturday, May 26 and the final clean-up is planned for Saturday, July 28. Volunteers also plan to gather for a National Night Out softball game at Pope Park on August 7. Click here for details.