Gary’s Annual Blight Buster Day – Sept. 8

1,000 Volunteers Working Together Cleaning up and Cleaning out

LAST YEAR OVER l,000 volunteers participated in the Blight Buster Day to clean up Gary communities. The city hopes to have as many volunteers as last year. Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson and friends are pictured on a chilly May 6, 2017 day after cleaning up an empty lot.

On Saturday, September 8, 2018 city departments, businesses, community organizations, faith-based groups, educational institutions, block clubs and other volunteers will clean up and clean out in various areas of the city in its annual Blight Buster Day.

The Mayor’s Office of Constituent Services (MOCS) has planned the City’s annual Blight Buster Day for the past four years and continues to look for 1000 volunteers each year to help rid the city of debris, clean vacant lots and to cut grass. City departments also perform other tasks including tree cutting, pot hole patching, issuing citations and towing abandoned vehicles. Anyone interested in volunteering for this Saturday’s cleanup may do so by calling the MOCS at 219-881-4815 or via email:

While safety materials, garbage bags and gloves will be provided, volunteers may bring rakes, brooms and other supplies. Volunteers are asked to be at the Genesis Center, 1 Genesis Center Plaza at 7:30 a.m. for Registration and the Rally. The Media is invited. The cleanup is from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

This Saturday’s cleanup will cover five areas in the city: 4th & Broadway to Bridge Street; 15th Avenue & Broadway to 27th; 25th Avenue east to Virginia Street, 11th Avenue & Massachusetts Street to 5th Avenue and Buchanan Street 2nd to 5th Avenue.

For more information about the cleanup and for volunteer opportunities in the city, email or call 881-4815.

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