COLUMBIA - More than 1,750 volunteers plan to participate in Saturday's 15th annual "Cleanup Columbia" event. Each year volunteers spend the day picking up trash off the city's streets, streams, trails and parks.
Throughout the day Friday, volunteers stopped by the Office of Neighborhood Services to pick up their supplies. The department handed out trash bags, safety vests and gloves to assist in the cleanup.
Families, church groups, service clubs, and businesses make up the 150 groups signed up to participate. Following the trash pickup, volunteers can attend a picnic lunch at Twin Lakes.
Lisa Rohmiller, Columbia Volunteer Programs assistant, said the event is a great way to give back to the community.
"Everybody's just anxious to get out there and make a difference, clean up and show their pride in Columbia," she said.
Those still interested in volunteering can sign-up Saturday morning from 7-9am at the Office of Neighborhood Services.