Volunteers can still register for Get Swept Up!

Get Swept Up! volunteer Hugh Gerald picks up bags from a past year's event. (Submitted photo)
Staff Writer

Get Swept Up! is just under week away and volunteer coordinator Libby Gerald is still allowing volunteers to register to help clean up Starkville for the first Mississippi State University home football game.

This year's community clean-up day will take place next Wednesday. The Greater Starkville Development Partnership organizes the event every year to make sure Starkville is clean for when guests arrive. So far, Gerald said there are 356 volunteers signed up.

"Last year we signed up 428 and then we always have people coming in last minute, so we usually have about 500 people to sign up when it's all said and done," Gerald said.

When volunteer teams sign up for Get Swept Up! they are assigned an area of Starkville to clean up. Gerald encourages volunteers to pick up their supplies at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday at the GSDP office and leave their bags at the side of the road. Sanitation workers will drive through and pick up the bags beginning at 3 p.m. Any groups which finish past that time are asked to put their bags in the nearest dumpster.

Some businesses, groups, and individuals from Starkville volunteer each year. OCH donates gloves, Starkville Properties donates water, and other businesses around the community donate supplies and act as sponsors.

"We would like to have the whole community to look as nice as possible for the people who come to visit for the first football game," Gerald said. "Make it look just like you would your home when you've got company coming."

Gerald said even residents who do not participate in Get Swept Up! can help by making sure their homes look nice and maybe even spruce them up with new MSU decorations.