Cleanup of Baltimore schools will be team effort next month

April 23, 1996|By Ernest F. Imhoff | Ernest F. Imhoff,SUN STAFF

If you're in the mood for spring cleaning, plan to make your mark at a Baltimore school May 11.

Thirty city schools will be partly cleaned, painted, repaired and landscaped in the third annual Serv-A-Thon of the nonprofit Hands on Baltimore. On that Saturday, an estimated 1,200 volunteers are expected to help.

Last year, 800 volunteers spruced up schools in the Southeastern School District. This year volunteers take on needy schools in the five other districts.

"We'll have a light breakfast of coffee and bagels at 8 a.m. at Memorial Stadium," said Maria Feit, executive director. "Come to the East Parking lot. We'll give out school assignments to teams and individuals. We'll have maps for car pooling to the 30 schools. They leave at 9: 15, and after five hours' work, they all come back to the stadium for a party."

The cleanup day also is the organization's annual fund-raiser, with CellularOne the major co-sponsor.

Corporations have given $68,500. Volunteers will raise pledge funds tied to hours worked, like runners and walkers raising money by the mile. Last year, Serv-A-Thon raised $34,000 in pledge money and $52,500 in corporate sponsorship, for $86,500.

"This is a way to introduce new volunteers to our hands-on nTC involvement in working for a better Baltimore," Ms. Feit said. "Everyone counts. No special skills are needed."

She said the project has no age minimum, but an adult volunteer is required for every three workers younger than 16.

"Some volunteers have been planning this for five months, working with the principals to see what schools most need help," she said. "It's easy to put together a team . . . more than two dozen already have. But it's important that teams and individuals preregister."

Team captains and individuals are asked to contact Hands on Baltimore between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday to Friday at 547-8810 to make arrangements to pick up registration packets. The office is at 36 S. Charles St., Suite 1504.

The 800 volunteers last year recorded these totals at Southeastern schools: 211 bags of trash, 84 walls and 310 doors painted, 112 flowers planted, 50 desks and 14 playgrounds cleaned and 5 acres cleared.

Hands on Baltimore is a 3-year-old nonprofit group that acts as broker for area nonprofits needing volunteer help and for volunteers who have particular interests and time constraints.

Pub Date: 4/23/96

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