Beautification Group seeks Lake Greenwood Clean Up Day volunteers

Students from Lander University’s ESSO Club regularly assist with litter pickups throughout Greenwood County.

Community volunteers, including adults and student groups, are encouraged to participate in the 12th annual Lake Greenwood Cleanup Day from 9 a.m.-noon March 7.

Annually, the event is coordinated by Keep Greenwood County Beautiful (KGCB), a citizen-led organization that engages individuals, neighborhoods, and businesses in creating a beautiful, clean and healthy environment.

Over the past two years, more than 15,000 pounds of trash have been collected according to Donna Sightler, KGCB Vice Chair and event coordinator. “Greenwood’s number one asset, our lake, is so important to the economic vitality of our community, and we must take care of it,” Sightler said.

Since 2009, KGCB has removed more than 53,000 pounds of trash from the shorelines of Lake Greenwood. Sightler is also the Greenwood County Public Works Director and is passionate about maintaining a clean environment. Each year, more than 200 volunteers give their time. Volunteers who register by Feb. 23 will receive a free T-shirt.

Youths under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. To sign up, register online at

Volunteers are encouraged to work in pairs and teams and upon registering can choose to work at one of the following sites:

  • Break on the Lake
  • Lake Greenwood State Park, Shelter No. 2
  • Buzzards Roost Boat Ramp
  • Harris Landing
  • Lake Management Spray Shed
  • Fellowship Camp & Conference Center (Laurens County)
  • Moon Landing RV Park & Marina (Laurens County)

Cleanup supplies and group assignments will be provided at each site by a Site Coordinator.

“Corporate supporters and numerous other entities collaborate with us,” Sightler said. Greenwood County Lake Management, Greenwood County Public Works, Greenwood County Litter Prevention, Greenwood School District 50, and Palmetto Pride are annual supporters, just to name a few.

At the conclusion of the cleanup, about 11:45 a.m., KGCB leaders will provide complimentary T-shirts to participants and offer complimentary refreshments, including hot dog plates, at the event headquarters, the Break on the Lake Restaurant, 300 Lake Greenwood Blvd., Greenwood, SC, 29649. Break on the Lake will provide the hot dog plates and also offer a 10% discount to lake volunteers.

For information about Greenwood County litter abatement efforts, contact Maggie McMahon, Litter Prevention Coordinator, at 864-942-8705.

Submitted by Maggie McMahon