- Create a team, partner with community groups and/or neighbors.
- Pick a site. Maybe you have one in mind already. If not, find publicly owned land along the river
for your cleanup, like a park or municipal property. Consider parking options, and a large enough
gathering space to speak to all volunteers at once.
- Contact the site’s landowner. Discuss your plan and ask if their organization would co-sponsor
the event (and waive any permit fees).
- Register your cleanup with Friends of the Fox River (FOTFR). Call us about assisting with
permits and additional insurance as needed 815 356 6605.
- Announce your Cleanup. FOTFR will post your event on social media, put out a press release,
and send mass mailings. Market your event in through your channels too.
- Raise money and/or get donations. You may want to provide volunteers with snacks or maybe
even a free lunch. Ask your city council, your local elected representative, the Chamber of
Commerce, national retailers like Walmart or Target, and local businesses for donations and/or
supplies. Use the provided sponsorship letter template, if practical.
- Get the trash picked up. Often your town, township or other public land owner has the equipment
and manpower. You may have to reach out to a waste hauler for a donation or coordinate with
neighbors to place collected trash in residential receptacles. In many cases, participants can take
small amounts to dispose of at home.
- Run the Cleanup. Set up a registration table. Welcome and register volunteers. Organize them into
teams. Hand out supplies. Deliver the safety talk. Take photos.
- Thank everyone! Offer verbal thanks the day of the event. FOTFR will send thank you emails to
- Send your registration sheets, photos and an event summary to email@example.com and
contribute your event’s data to the larger trash collection and volunteer totals.