Volunteers make a difference in the city

— Volunteers are vital components of any city, as citizens who donate their time to community departments and organizations help alleviate spending as well as cut down on the workloads of civic employees.

Clearwater is one such city that greatly benefits from a large legion of volunteers; according to officials, approximately 3,170 citizens offered their time and support to the city’s volunteer programs last year, with an estimated value of $1,329,274.24 and totaling 57,811 hours of service.

Many volunteers from the community have worked with city staff to ensure Clearwater is beautiful for both residents and visitors year round. Various projects have taken place throughout the months of January through April.

Here is a list of projects that have been completed:

• Volunteers, along with little league team members, planted and mulched at the renovated Sid Lickton Little League Fields on Jan. 11. The field officially opened on Feb. 16.

• The Hillcrest Garden Club planted Jasmine plants in the beds surrounding the Clearwater Main Library on Feb. 11.

• The Del Oro Groves Homeowners Association spent the morning of Feb. 8 cleaning up their adopted portion of the Ream Wilson Trail.

• Members of Temple B’nai Israel cleaned up trash from the Courtney Campbell Causeway as part of their service day on Feb. 9.

• Students from Pinellas Technical Education Centers helped to collect invasive air potatoes at Moccasin Lake Nature Park on Feb. 15.

• The Island Estates Civic Association cleaned trash from their adopted section of the Memorial Causeway on Feb. 22.

• Youth from the United Heritage Methodist Church helped city staff to complete the cleanup of the homeless camp that was located at S.R. 590 and U.S. 19 on Feb. 22.

• Boys and Girls Club from the Chi Chi Rodriquez Academy cleaned up air potatoes from Moccasin Lake Nature Park on March 22.

• Youth from Cypress Meadows Community Church helped to beautify the Clearwater Beach Recreation Center by picking up trash and debris from around the facility on March 26.

• Adopt a Park group, Families for a Better Community, painted bollards at Crest Lake Park on April 5.

• A group of ethics students from St. Petersburg College helped city staff plant 100 Jasmine plants and spread 60 bags of mulch at Glen Oaks Park on April 5.

• Adopt a Park group, Sakile 247- International OES, cleaned the grounds surrounding the North Greenwood Recreation Complex on April 5.

• The Tampa Bay Disc Sports Club cleaned trash, fallen tree limbs and other debris from Cliff Stephens Park on April 12 in preparation for a disc golf tournament they hosted.

• A group of Bank of America employees helped to rid Moccasin Lake Nature Park of air potatoes on April 19.

“The Clearwater City Council is especially proud of its volunteers and the service they provide to residents and visitors,” Mayor George Cretekos said earlier this year. “Their dedication not only saves tax dollars, it promotes that quality of life that makes Clearwater ‘sparkle.’”

The City of Clearwater is always looking for new partners that are interested in beautification projects or the Adopt a Park program. If your business, company or group is looking for an opportunity to help out in the community, call (727) 562-4803 or email

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