Upper Marlboro, MD –  Today, hundreds of Prince George’s County employees along with thousands of residents spent their Saturday volunteering at various Christmas in April and “Clean Up, Green Up” locations throughout the County.  Both these initiatives have been important clean-up efforts during County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III’s administration. County Executive Baker believes that County employees should take time to volunteer and get involved in communities throughout the County and today is an example of how employees giveback to causes around the County each and every day.  

 

“I often say how fortunate I am to work with such a kind-hearted and giving group of people,” said County Executive Baker.  “Their willingness to give of their time to make life better for others is inspiring. I want to thank everyone for helping make Prince George’s County a great place to live.  I also want to thank the thousands of residents who came out for our annual Christmas in April and Clean Up Green Up Day.  The promise and progress of Prince George’s County resides in our residents being fantastic neighbors - today’s county-wide volunteer efforts epitomize the dedication that Prince Georgians have for helping each other out improving our communities.”

 

In its 28th year, Prince George’s County’s Christmas in April, a non-profit that offers free home repairs to homeowners selected for the program, has repaired 2,501 homes throughout the County.   This year, Christmas in April repaired 81 homes with approximately 3,500 volunteers.  The Office of County Executive adopted the home of Ida Douglas in Landover, MD for the Prince George’s County Christmas in April charity.  Ms. Douglas is 84 and has lived in this home for almost 50 years.  The Office of County Executive appreciates the support for this project provided by the business, non-profit and faith-based communities.

 

“Clean Up, Green Up” is a one-day, twice per year, county-wide landscape beautification effort. The County’s Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPW&T) provides free plant material with the promise that community groups will plant in public spaces, including schools, streetscapes, neighborhood entrances, and municipal centers.  Members of the Office of County Executive also volunteered at various “Clean Up, Green Up” beautification sites in our Transforming Neighborhood Initiative communities of Langley Park, Bladensburg/East Riverdale, Kentland/Palmer Park, Suitland, Hillcrest Heights/Marlowe Heights, and Glassmanor/Oxon Hill.