Second Annual Crime Clean-Up Day Set for May 14, Volunteers Needed

ALTOONA, PA (BLAIR COUNTY) -- Operation Our Town and the Pennsylvania Gang Investigators Association have partnered again to carry out the second annual Crime Clean-Up day on May 14, 2011.  Last year?s Crime Clean-up Day was a huge success, with over 150 volunteers that cleaned up 8 Altoona city parks.

Volunteers will meet at 8:30am at the Penn State Altoona Devorris Downtown Center on the corner of 15th Street & 12th Avenue in downtown Altoona.  Each registered volunteer will be asked to sign a release form and will receive an Operation Our Town t-shirt during the initial meet & greet.  Children under the age of 18 must also sign a waiver and be accompanied by an adult.  Volunteers will then be divided into pre-assigned groups that will work together to clean the parks.  LeBistro Caf? will be providing lunch for all volunteers after the clean-up.

Volunteers must pre-register by May 9, 2011 by calling the Operation Our Town office at (814) 296-8730 or by email  Volunteers are welcome to bring their own gloves and supplies.  In addition, supplies will be available at the site.

In conjunction with Operation Our Town, the Tyrone area will be hosting their own Crime Clean-up Day on May 14th to clean up public areas in Tyrone.  The clean-up in Tyrone will begin at 10am and end around 1pm at Reservoir Park.  If you are interested in helping with the Crime Clean-up Day in the Tyrone area, please contact Jim Kilmartin at

Operation Our Town is a partnership between business and the community aimed at taking back our neighborhoods from drugs and related violent crime through law enforcement and proven treatment and prevention techniques.  Operation Our Town accepts donations from businesses, civic and charitable organizations and individuals, and uses them to fund programs proven to reduce both the supply and demand for illegal drugs.  For more information, call 814.296.8730 or visit

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