Harrisburg Environmental Law and Policy Society Lends a Helping Hand
Web Editor - Published: October 23, 2008

On Saturday, October 18th, eight students from the Environmental Law & Policy Society joined Friends of Midtown and the Harrisburg Clean Streets Project to help remove trash and debris from about fifteen miles of road in midtown Harrisburg. Widener Law student and Harrisburg Clean Streets Project Organizer Shawn Westhafer organized the event.

Nearly fifty people participated in the cleanup, filling eighty garbage bags with litter, weeds, and other debris. In addition to helping with the work, The Environmental Law & Policy Society contributed funding for food, water, and supplies. Several other organizations offered material support as well, with the Friends of Midtown’s Beautification Committee providing organizational support and promotion, Harrisburg Area Community College offering the use of its facilities for a staging area, and Tito’s Pizza giving a discount on food. Shawn is organizing a similar cleanup for April 2009 in Allison Hill.

In addition to the Environmental Law & Policy Society’s efforts with the Great Midtown Cleanup, society President Allison Miles is organizing a Shoe Drive in cooperation with the Widener Law Running Club that is set to begin on Monday, October 27th. Collection boxes will be placed in the Pit, and the community is encouraged to donate old athletic shoes and new or gently used shoes of any type. The old athletic shoes should be devoid of any metal, as they will be given to the Nike Reuse-A-Shoe program to make athletic playing surfaces across the world. The new and gently used shoes will be donated to Soles 4 Souls, an organization that donates shoes both domestically and internationally to victims of natural disasters as well as orphanages.