2021 Spring Cleanups

Friends of the Fox River announces our 2021 Spring Cleanups.

ShoreLine Cleanup Carpentersville Flyer

Help clean up litter that’s accumulated over the winter along the Fox River’s banks. Join us to keep the Fox River clean and healthy!

To register as a volunteer please fill out the form below.

Sunday, April 11, 3 pm in Carpentersville – Shoreline cleanup (weather permitting)
sponsored by Fox River Med Spa
Meet at Main Street Bicycles, 39 E. Main St., Carpentersville

Saturday, April 17, 9 am – 12 pm in Elgin – Co-sponsored with Illinois Rep. Anna Moeller.
Meet at the west end of Ann St. on the north side of the Gail Borden Library, 270 N. Grove Ave., Elgin

Saturday, April 17, 9:30 am – 12pm in Elgin – Co-sponsored with Illinois Rep. Anna Moeller.
Meet at Trout Park Rivers Edge, Duncan Ave. & Trout Park Blvd., Elgin

Reducing the Fox River’s Annual “Litter Load”

Gary Swick

“We are all friends of our Fox River. Friends help each other in in hard times, and celebrate with them in good times.” says President Gary Swick. “Helping to heal our river by removing trash is important. So we are inviting community organizations and residents to join with us and our co-sponsors in several riverside cleanups of our community’s most important resource.”

For many years Friends of the Fox River has coordinated river cleanups with towns, fire and police departments and other community groups from Algonquin to Yorkville. It’s tough to clean up in the winter cold or summer heat, so we typically run our cleanups in the spring and fall. And while spring high water or floods can delay spring cleanups, collecting the trash accumulated over the winter, before the warm weather and crowds arrive, is the most effective and productive time.

TO REGISTER as a Cleanup Volunteer, or help out as an Event Volunteer, please fill out the form below.
Registering as a volunteer helps us plan the event and notify you of last minute changes.

Cleanup Volunteer Registration Form

  • Thank you for volunteering to help at a river cleanup. You must be 18 years or older to register. Parents and guardians may register for children seven years and older.
  • Entering your phone number will help us notify you of in case we need to make last minute changes, or cancel the event.
    Choose the location(s) and date(s) you can volunteer
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