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More than 4,000 people have joined Huntington’s Litter-Gitters, all pledging to clean up litter in their own neighborhoods. Photo courtesy Litter Gitters.

Who says exercise has to be boring or self-absorbed?

  • Huntington’s “Litter Gitter” volunteers adopt their own block in a block-by-block cleanup program. Retiree Dick Cobb started it with a bunch of neighbors, cleaning his own block. Three years later, they had 4,300 volunteers in Huntington and are spreading to other West Virginia communities.
  • The Burrito Riders of Huntington make burritos and deliver them to homeless people on bikes.
  • In Charleston, volunteer raise more than 3,000 pounds of fresh, freezable produce per year for Manna Meal soup kitchen. “And let me tell you, that garden is good exercise,” said volunteer Ann Garcelon.
  • In Buckhannon, community members helped save a historic house with donated labor, after the Create Buckhannon group decided to take on the project.
  • In Harrisville, Ritchie County, volunteers rehabbed a crumbling old gym and turned it into a community center.
  • All over the state, Adopt-a-Highway volunteers walk literally thousands of miles of rural road a year, picking up litter along their stretch of adopted highway.
  • Neighborhood Watch involves a lot of walking. 



Why not encourage community service exercise in your community?


Adopt-a-Highway volunteers get a good workout while they help clean up their community. Photo courtesy Adopt-a-Highway.


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