Alley Cats is sponsored by Main Street Altus to improve the downtown area by cleaning up the alleys.
Alley Cats originated after a look at our downtown area revealed alleyways with litter and trash. Cleaning up the litter and trash in the alleys improves the appearance of the downtown's “back doors” and increases pride in our downtown area. Picking up the smallest piece of litter makes a big difference,” stated Barbara Burleson, Alley Cats Co-Chair. Holmes Willis co-chairs the Alley Cats program.
Amy Cobb, Main Street Altus Director, says Main Street is excited about the Alley Cats program.
“I look forward to Alley Cats on Sept. 16 and working with our volunteers to clean-up our downtown. Alleyways are an important reflection of the community, but are also one that often gets overlooked.”
Anyone interested in becoming an “Alley Cat” should meet on the courthouse square at 9 a.m. From there, groups will split into teams and tackle the alleys surrounding the square working outwards. Main Street Altus will provide the necessary items to assist with the cleanup and a free T-shirt for the first 30 “Alley Cats” to arrive.
“We have received trash bags from Keep Oklahoma Beautiful and will have gloves, rakes, brooms, shovels and buckets to help volunteers cleanup,” said Cobb.“We can never have too many sets of hands helping with this huge task. There is a lot of work to be done but, we are also looking forward to having fun with this program and the volunteers that come out to join us.”
The “Alley Cats” program was recently named one of the top four “Best Volunteer Development Program” in the state of Oklahoma.
Main Street will be providing a free hot dog lunch after the cleanup for all “Alley Cats.”
For more information on becoming an “Alley Cat,” or any other Main Street program or event, call 580-482-2277.