By Elijah Robinson
On May 6, the Niagara Beautification Commission held its 16th annual Beautify Niagara Clean Up.
Volunteers enjoyed refreshments and took a group photo as they went to pick up supplies at Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino. After a brief speech from Niagara Falls Mayor Robert Restaino, volunteers went all over the city to keep Niagara Falls beautiful.
“This really is the beginning of showing, again, pride in our community,” he said.
Many organizations were involved in their biggest clean-up event of the year, such as Red Door Real Estate WNY, Oakwood Cemetery Heritage Foundation, Niagara Falls Central School District, Local 714 Niagara Falls Fire Firefighters, and Aquarium of Niagara.
Board member Sarina Deacon said this event had over 700 volunteers this year – and who doesn’t like to keep their home clean?
“This is our first event in about two years. We haven’t been able to meet in person since the COVID-19 pandemic,” she said. “It’s just really good to see the community come together.”
The Niagara Beautification Commission was created from those initiatives. It was organized Aug. 29, 1978, to address concerns about beautification in the downtown area of the City of Niagara Falls, New York.
“It used to be government funded, but then we had to start getting things on our own. Getting donations to help,” Board member Mary Jo Zacher said. She explained that, for the past 15 years, NBC has partnered with the Seneca Nation, as well as other businesses, for the supplies and refreshments needed to tidy up Niagara Falls.
NBC was formed for the purpose of promoting the beautification of the Niagara Falls area by mobilizing the volunteer resources of the community’s private and public sectors to implement visual enhancements beautifying the community; to educate and promote public awareness; and inspire pride in our community.
For information on how to donate or become a volunteer, visit https://www.keepniagarabeautiful.org/.
Volunteers cleaning. (Submitted)