’Be the Church’ and RidgeProject hit the streets for April 28 cleanup

’Be the Church’ and RidgeProject hit the streets for April 28 cleanupHundreds of volunteers will join forces on Sunday, April 28, in a growing grassroots movement to spruce up Ridgecrest.

The effort this year brings members of “Be the Church” (www.be-the-church.org) and the RidgeProject (www.ridgeproject.net) together to continue a tradition that, for some churches, began four years ago.

Be the Church started in Ridgecrest in 2009 when more than 200 worshippers went into the community on a Sunday morning to renovate the United Way Building, clean up the Desert Empire Fairgrounds, repair fences, weed the gardens at High Desert Haven, clean up yards and spruce up several other spots.

The effort has expanded every year, with more than a dozen local churches participating last year.

Meanwhile, the RidgeProject was started nearly two years ago by a group of committed citizens who saw a need to take responsibility for community cleanup.

The group has also created a website as a centralized hub for likeminded individuals and businesses to come together and passionately give toward the improvement of the Ridgecrest community.

All public donations – 100 percent – go directly to fund the projects and their marketing.

Back in October 2011, tickets were raffled off to win a Rolex watch, with all proceeds benefiting local nonprofits and the Ridgecrest Beautification Project.

The initial area targeted for beautification was area traditionally called the Triangle, located at the corner of China Lake Boulevard and Inyokern Road.

That day sparked an idea that the website says best — “If it was possible to achieve such huge change just with one clean up, what could happen to Ridgecrest if our community had the opportunity, funds, and resources to improve other areas as well?”

Those interested in joining in the Ridgecrest cleanup are encouraged to join the Be the Church and RidgeProject groups at 9:30 a.m. in the Park and Ride parking lot at the intersection of Richmond Road and East Ridgecrest Boulevard.

Once assembled, the group will head west on Ridgecrest Boulevard.

Please bring any powered gardening tools, hoes, rakes, large clippers, gloves, brooms, sunscreen and trash bags. Trucks and trailers are especially useful.

Be sure to label tools to avoid lost items.

Please RSVP to alma.ponce. tx2m@statefarm.com.

Story First Published: 2013-04-24