Big Splash Cleanup Event April 21

Making Magnolia Blossom opens registration for April 21 cleanup event

Making Magnolia Blossom has scheduled the Spring Big Splash Saturday for April 21, and volunteers can register online and choose from a number of community improvement projects.

Interested volunteers and groups should pre-register at www.MagnoliaBlossom.org/register. Volunteers will begin working at 9 a.m., and will check in at the project location chosen on the registration form. If transportation is needed to project locations, a shuttle will be running from SAU’s Reynolds Center parking lot starting at 8:45 a.m. The Big Splash runs through 11:30 a.m.

For more information or to register by phone, call Deana Taylor at 870-235-4922.

Volunteers are asked to wear pants and closed-toe shoes. MMB will be providing supplies and equipment.

Projects slated for this MMB event include the following:

  • Interior and exterior cleanup at the Columbia County Senior Meal Service on Lelia Street.
  • Landscaping at the crepe myrtle plots on Main Street.
  • Painting and cleanup at the Boys & Girls Club of Magnolia.
  • Small projects at the CCAPS Animal Shelter.
  • Cleanup projects around the Magnolia Square.
  • Painting, landscaping and cleanup at Southern Arkansas University.

This MMB event has also been registered with Keep Arkansas Beautiful and their Great American Spring Cleanup initiative, and MMB volunteers will disperse across the community to pick up litter and complete other small cleanup projects.

Previous Making Magnolia Blossom “Big Splash” events have organized hundreds to make improvements along primary city streets, local business facades, and public areas around the downtown square. MMB is a community-involvement organization at SAU. A group of staff, faculty, and students started MMB in 2014, and more than 500 volunteers from SAU and the community contributed time and effort at the initial Big Splash Saturday event. Since then, MMB has hosted several Big Splash events, as well as several Second Saturday events which partner with area organizations to complete needed projects. MMB has completed dozens of city improvement projects in its first year, and was awarded by the Arkansas Economic Development Commission the Volunteer of the Year Award in August of 2015.

To find out more or to get involved in MMB, visit www.MagnoliaBlossom.org or “like” MMB on Facebook.