Spring is underway in downtown Spokane! With the return of legacy events Bloomsday, the Lilac Festival and Hoopfest, the community is invited to get outside between April 25 and April 29 to help make our city center shine.

Sponsored by Republic Services, Spring Clean Week is in its fifth year encouraging Spokane to take pride in our downtown and city by lending a hand to the Downtown Business Improvement District (BID) Clean Team by taking on small projects near your home or work, and learning about smart and sustainable ways to reduce littler and waste.

“At Republic Services we know the things we do today will have a great impact on tomorrow,” says Isaiah Paine, Republic Services Municipal Relationship Manager. “That’s why we’re proud to sponsor Spring Clean Week as we put sustainability in action across the neighborhoods we call home.”

On Friday, April 29, join the BID and City of Spokane Office of Neighborhood services for a city-center clean-up event from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., followed by an after-party at the West End Plaza adjacent to Brick West Brewing. Community members are asked to sign-up to participate through the United Way Volunteer Spokane portal at www.volunteerspokane.org as part of Spokane Gives Month.

Anyone who volunteers through Spokane Gives during Spring Clean Week will receive a free upcycled Clean Week volunteer t-shirt.

All it takes is 15 minutes a week to keep your community clean all year long. Pledge to spend 15 minutes by yourself, or with friends, picking up litter in your community including sidewalks, parking lots, alleyways, planters, park spaces, plazas, tree beds and more. Businesses are encouraged to reduce waste, litter and energy use through creative and sustainable practices.

According to the Volunteer Spokane dashboard, every one hour of volunteer time has an estimated economic impact of $28 on the local community. “That’s in addition to the intrinsic benefits of volunteering,” says Elisabeth Hooker, Marketing and Programming Director for Downtown Spokane. “Giving back through volunteering has visible benefit, but is also an opportunity to build community with like-minded individuals.”

Follow Downtown Spokane on social media @downtownspokane for tips, trick and ideas to stay clean and sustainable all week – and year – long.

About Downtown Spokane

The DSP is a private, non-profit membership organization that serves as Spokane’s central city advocate and service provider of the Downtown Spokane Parking and Business Improvement District, dedicated to enhancing the quality and vitality of Downtown Spokane as the basis for a health region. The DSP accomplishes its mission through advocating for public policies, business and project development, quality planning, physical improvement projects, public safety, beautification, and marketing programs that ensure downtown’s continued success. To learn more, visit www.downtowspokane.org.