BY JOE MARVILLI
Pollution has been a long-running problem in Flushing and the CleanFlushing Initiative has been created to fight it.
On Nov. 6, Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) launched the CleanFlushing Initiative, a beautification program meant to organize a group of well-equipped volunteers to clean up the sidewalks and streets of Flushing and its surrounding areas. Kim said the program will match volunteers with places that need help.
“It’s request-based,” Kim said. “We want to play the middle bridge where we can match the supply and demand.”
The Assemblyman decided to put together the program when he visited the landmarked St. George’s Church for a job fair. Kim said he was saddened by the contamination he saw on the sidewalks and streets, with the smell of urine, garbage and pigeon droppings surrounding the building.
“The rationale behind it is it’s not going to take one group or agency to clean up Flushing. It’s going to take long-term commitment between public and private groups,” he said.
CleanFlushing has about a dozen volunteers, with a goal of increasing that number to meet the demand.
The Home Depot is participating as a main sponsor, providing two pressure washers to the program.
Partners for the CleanFlushing Initiative include State Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing), Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing), the Historic St. George Church, Asian Americans for Equality, the Flushing Chinese Business Association, One Flushing, the Flushing BID, Queens Botanical Garden and the Korean American Association of Queens.
For more information or to sign up, visit cleanflushing.org or call Assemblyman Kim’s office at (718) 939-0195.
Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @Joey788.