Pro tips to hosting a successful neighborhood cleanup

While rallying your community to clean streets may sound like a heavy lift, that didn't stop Neighborhood Councils and NClean Streets L.A. Challenge winners recently showed how to get things done to keep our neighborhoods beautiful. Below are some tips from the pros so you can start making a difference in your community:

Partner with local organizations

One of the largest cleanups was hosted by the Little Tokyo Public Safety Association in partnership with nine other organizations including the Little Tokyo Business Association and Sustainable Little Tokyo. By partnering with other networks and community oriented groups, the Little Tokyo Public Safety Association was able to ensure wide outreach, donations and a high volunteer turnout. With a turnout of over 250 volunteers, Little Tokyo residents were able to beautify their community by pooling resources to sweep sidewalks, collect bulky items, and power wash the streets.

Other successful Clean Streets L.A. Challenge participants strategically partnered with organizations like their local Boy Scouts of America chapter, LAPD and local school districts to engage everyone in the area equally and distribute marketing materials for maximized outreach.

Find unique ways to involve everyone in your neighborhood

The Sun Valley Neighborhood Council exceeded expectations when they created unique ways to involve youth and rally them for their “Keep That Corridor Clean!” project collecting as much as 40 tons of trash and getting rid of miles of graffiti.

To engage kids and teens in the Sun Valley area, the SV City Neighborhood Council partnered with their local school district to involve elementary school students in a special art/drawing contest and high school students through a smartphone MyLA311 app workshop. SV elementary school children were able to submit their artwork showcasing how they imagine making their neighborhood more environmentally friendly. High school students were invited to a workshop to learn the MyLA311 application in order for them to train other fellow friends and family members in their community on how to use it and its need for a better community.

Make changing your community fun, relevant and engaging

A creative and engaging approach to volunteer campaigns was led by the Glassell Park Improvement Association who created “Parkemons” based on the popular Pokémon Go game. The Glassell Park Improvement Association created games that involved picking up litter, reporting graffiti and bulky items pickup following the Parkemons theme. This not only encouraged participants to have fun while improving their community, but generated a lot of buzz and conversations around efforts to keep Glassell Park free from "Parkemons" dirtying the neighborhood.