Brightside volunteers donate thousands of hours to clean ups and plantings in 2022; total volunteer value tops $1.5 million

January 24, 2023

Thousands of volunteers turned out in 2022 to beautify Louisville and foster community pride, donating more than 51,000 hours of their time to pick up litter and plant trees around Louisville. Those volunteer hours are valued at $1.5 million.

Volunteers are critical to helping Brightside achieve its mission of making Louisville a cleaner and greener city. Brightside is a 501(c)3 and a government agency that functions a public/private partnership; it is supported mostly through donations and volunteerism.

“The staff and I are grateful for the work we are able to do in our community through the help of our volunteers and donors. When they give a little of their time or treasure, we can do so much! We have several events and opportunities on the horizon for 2023 so be sure to check out our website and social media to see what’s coming,” said Brightside Director Lorri Roberts.

In 2022, Brightside facilitated the following:

  • 240 trees planted
  • 292 cleanup events
    • 3 tons of litter collected
  • 14,615 volunteers for all events
    • 51,153 total volunteer hours
    • $1,532,017 of total volunteer value
  • 77 education presentations reaching 1,771 students and adults
  • 364 community members reached through other programming

In 2023, Brightside will bring back its popular Sweep & Sip clean-up event series on the first Saturday of each month from March through November, as well as its yearly Spring and Fall Community-Wide Cleanups, Derby cleanup activities and tree plantings. New this year will be a cleanup event series for those with a sweet tooth; more details about that to come at a later date.

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