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Miss Murray and Murray Rotary Club team up to clean the city

Feb 25, 2021 03:11PM ● By Shaun Delliskave

Murray High School volunteers and Rotary Club clean up the Jordan River Parkway. (Photo courtesy Kyleigh Cooper)

By Shaun Delliskave | [email protected]

Miss Murray 2021 Kyleigh Cooper and the Murray Rotary Club will organize a clean-up of Murray City and invite residents to participate. 

“We invite Murray businesses, churches, clubs, youth groups, organizations, families and individuals, to take time during the week of March 8-13, to clean up around their businesses, churches, homes and vacant lots,” Cooper said.    

Residents can take part by going to the JustServe.org website and locating a group clean-up project on Saturday, March 13, from 1 to 3 p.m. at one of several large vacant lots owned and chosen by the Murray Parks Department. 

“Please ask one person from your school, club, church youth group, family, or any other Murray group to volunteer as a leader for the group and sign up on JustServe.org,” Cooper said. “Your leader should have an estimate of how many are in their group. A Murray Rotarian will contact your leader to choose a city-owned vacant lot suitable for your group.”

At the Murray City vacant lots, trash bags will be provided and carried away by the Parks Department.  

“Please bring your own work gloves and remember to wear masks,” Cooper said.

Rotary Club is an international humanitarian service organization with 1.2 million members in over 200 countries, all of which share a mission of advancing world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.

With their 35,000 clubs, they promote peace, fight disease, and provide clean water, sanitation and hygiene. They also work to support education and grow local economies.

Murray Rotary Club is one of the oldest Rotary Clubs in Utah. Almost from its inception in 1957, the Club has stressed the concept of “fun with a purpose” and building friendship among members. 

According to their website, “We put on lots of great service and social events and enjoy meaningful traditions that make our Club unique and especially close. As such, we truly do accomplish a great deal of good in our community and around the globe.”

The Murray City Rotary Club typically meets every Monday, but since Covid-19 restrictions on gatherings were enacted, the Club hasn’t met as a full membership body. With the restrictions, the Club is looking for ways to come together to serve while being appropriately careful to the health of its members and the community. 

JustServe.org is a website where the needs of a charitable organization or project may be posted, and volunteers may search for places to serve in the community, providing opportunities to help those in need and enhance the quality of life in the community.

JustServe is a service to help link community volunteer needs with volunteers. It does not discriminate based on race, religion, gender, ethnicity, or sexual orientation in posting projects or encouraging volunteers to serve according to their guidelines.

Organizations seeking volunteers from JustServe are encouraged to reach out via the “Contact Us” feature on the website. Current projects around Murray seek volunteers to teach English to immigrants, write letters of encouragement to inmates, sew face masks for Native American nations, or help pets who are temporary in shelters.

The Murray Parks Department oversees the care of several properties that are just parks and easements, trails and property that have not been sold or developed. 

“We want to see the good you do, so please send photos of your work to [email protected],” Cooper said.