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Helping clean up the county

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com

Communities around Henry County are benefiting from the kindness of a stranger.

Since 2012, an anonymous donor has used his fund at Henry County Community Foundation to help towns pay for large community dumpsters once a year.

The annual “Clean Up Your Town” program is now in its eighth year.

Through the program, the Community Foundation covers half the cost of a large roll-away dumpster. The communities cover the rest of the cost.

The cost per dumpster is about $200 per year. Since 2012, the donor-advised fund has paid $8,200 to help towns rent the large dumpsters for their residents.

Communities who take part have the option to rent a second dumpster for full-price.

The towns of Lewisville, Kennard, Middletown and Cadiz took part of the program this year. Cadiz teamed up with Harrison Township to split their costs.

Middletown had two dumpsters the first week of May.

Lewisville will have a dumpster placed behind the fire department, 301 N. Market Street, during the week of May 20. The Lewisville council plans to order a second dumpster if needed.

Cadiz and Harrison Township ordered their dumpster from May 21-28. That container will be placed on the north side of Cadiz fire department parking lot, 1430 N. CR 525 W., New Castle.

Kennard’s dumpster will be in place May 25, in time for the town’s local clean-up day. Residents will find the dumpster beside the fire department and town hall, 100 Main Street.

In previous years, Knightstown, Greensboro, Spiceland, Springport, Straughn and Sulphur Springs have also participated in “Clean Up Your Town” as a way to help their residents get rid of any built-up refuse on their properties.

“We are so proud to be a partner in philanthropy with a donor who wants to help every community in Henry County be cleaner and safer,” said HCCF President & Executive Director Beverly Matthews. “The ‘Clean Up Your Town’ initiative is just another way that the Foundation can use their authentic framework to provide leadership and directly help our community. We are honored to share in these good deeds and appreciate this donor’s generosity.”

The Henry County Community Foundation sends letters about the program out to towns each year around the end of March and beginning of April. This gives them time to have dumpsters in place by Memorial Day.

For more information, call Vickie Rhodes at 765-529-2235.