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In an effort to continue to beautify downtown, The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership and its Clean and Street Team will perform its first volunteer-based initiative of 2011 on Saturday, March, 19.

Keeping Downtown clean and vibrant is one of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership’s main initiatives and the Clean Team Ambassadors work hard to ensure the neighborhood is beautiful and inviting to all who live, work and play downtown. With the help of local retailers, residents, and visitors, the new volunteer project will provide a way for volunteers to meet and mingle while providing a necessary service.

Initiatives for the season including planting and maintaining the beautiful planters and colorful gardens that enhance the beauty of downtown, picking up litter and cigarette butts, removing rubble and rocks from walkways to provide renewed safety for pedestrians, painting and repairing exterior walls, and other projects. Some experience is helpful but not necessary.  Projects may require physical effort such as bending or lifting but volunteers of all abilities are encouraged to attend.

These volunteer sessions are great networking events for those already involved or interested in becoming involved in downtown efforts. The success rate of keeping downtown clean has increased substantially in recent years, in part due to awareness and volunteer campaigns. Previous cleaning efforts have totaled in the removal of more than 5,000 graffiti tags and more than 46,000 pounds of trash.

For more information about volunteering, email

About the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership

The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP), celebrating its 15th year, is a dynamic, non-profit organization comprised of business and community leaders, property owners, civic organizations, foundations and residents who provide energy, vision and advocacy for Downtown Pittsburgh. Working collaboratively with its partners, the PDP strives to create a positive Downtown experience for residents, workers and visitors alike. The PDP’s strategic initiatives include clean and safe services, transportation, housing and economic development and advocacy. For more information, visit


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