NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Across the Hub City there are residents who are captains of their blocks, and each year the city leaders look for more captains.
On March 26, New Brunswick officials will host a meeting of volunteers to serve as Clean City Block Captains and people interested in becoming block captains.
These residents lead their neighborhoods in mini cleanups throughout the year. The captains also reach out to neighbors on the block to educate them about the benefits and value of keeping their streets and sidewalks and yards clean and free of liter.
Another benefit is getting neighbors to engage with each other, building bonds block by block.
Started in 2011, the program earned the city an award in 2015 from the non-profit Sustainable Jersey, which honored the block captains cleaning effort for its innovation and creativity. There have been between 25 and 50 captains annually.
New Brunswick supplies the captains with bags, gloves, educational materials in English and Spanish and technical support to aid in the cleanup process.
The March 26 orientation meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. the HUB Teen Center, 411 Joyce Kilmer Ave.
Light refreshments will be served, block captain supplies will be handed out and prizes will be awarded. the meeting is open to all city residents.
Anyone seeking information about the program can call (732) 745-5245.