Cleaning up the neighborhood

GHYP to kick off its first community cleanup event in Aberdeen

Aberdeen residents looking to make a difference in the visual perception of their city will have an opportunity to do so real soon.

This weekend, the Grays Harbor Young Professionals (GHYP) will be kicking off the first of multiple “Community Cleanups.” The first event, which coincides with Earth Day, will look to address garbage and debris laying around the inner Harbor.

“Our big thing at GHYP is showing people that it’s our responsibility to build up our community whether it is supporting the industries that are already here or making it a better place to live,” said Sydney Newbill, an organizer for the event. “We would love to see as many people turn out as possible to make our first step in giving back to our community a big one. Realistically, we’d like to successfully clean at least five to 10 city blocks.”

Although Newbill expressed that the focus of the cleanup will be on the downtown Aberdeen area, she noted that they will go anywhere that extends an invitation. Sponsors for the event such as The Taproom, Charlee Paull, and Newbill’s business Renae’s Rendezvous have donated trash pickers, vests, gloves and garbage bags for anyone who wishes to participate.

Moving forward, Newbill confirmed there will be other places where GHYP will be hosting cleanups throughout the Harbor in the coming months including local trails, parks and beaches.

“We’re very excited about this finally getting started and we hope to make it an annual thing, so the better the turnout the more likely that will happen,” Newbill said.

If you want to help

For people who are interested in participating in the Grays Harbor Young Professionals Community Cleanup, the event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 22. Volunteers are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather and begin at The Taproom to coordinate. More information about the event can be found by contacting Grays Harbor Young Professionals via Facebook or at

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