Kendall Whittier has been looking a little nicer these days thanks to the work of the new K-Dub Clean Club, a monthly volunteer-based opportunity for all.
“The K-Dub Clean Club is a chance to come out and help make Tulsa a little cleaner, a little brighter, a little more inviting,” said Jessica Jackson Seay, executive director of Kendall Whittier Main Street, the organization that created the Clean Club.
Volunteers gather between 3-5 p.m. on the first Friday of the month to do whatever projects are slated or necessary that month. Projects may include tending to flowerbeds, removing graffiti, trimming plants, picking up trash or working on a particular project.
No experience is necessary. Equipment, such as gloves, bags, rakes, brooms, will be provided. Volunteer can opt bring their own tools if applicable to the project. The Clean Club is open to individuals of all ages and abilities.
Those attending can plan to stay for the full two hours or less as their schedules dictate. Kendall Whittier Main Street is a 501c3 nonprofit organization, so the Clean Club is perfect for any students looking for community service hours, groups interested in making a mark and even families hoping to support their community.
Each month, the meeting location and list of projects will be on the website.
“We’ll be meeting all over Kendall Whittier, working on different projects as needs arise,” Jackson Seay said. “Each month may be completely different!”
On May 7, volunteers will meet in Whittier Square at the corner of Admiral and Lewis. Projects including mulching, weed removal, trash collection and graffiti removal.
Volunteers are not required to sign up in advance, but doing so can provide more direct communication leading up to that month’s Clean Club. Prior registration is highly encouraged for groups of five or more. A form is available on the website.
“We also have a suggestion form on the website for anyone to submit project or location ideas,” Jackson Seay said. “If you see something that needs our attention, submit it online, and we’ll check it out and probably add it to the list!”
The Clean Club started in an earlier form in August after the Whittier Square Improvement District, which previous managed clean up and maintenance of Kendall Whittier, expired.
“All of a sudden there was a need, and what does Main Street do best? Serve where needs arise,” Jackson Seay said. “So Kendall Whittier Main Street staff, Board members and volunteers came out weekly and started picking up trash and trying to make the area more attractive.”
The weekly one-hour clean up efforts morphed into monthly two-hour more sessions. The K-Dub Clean Club started in April. A total of nine volunteers came out, including six members of the University of Tulsa’s Kappa Alpha Order, and flower beds were de-weeded and mulched.
Kendall Whittier Main Street is a nonprofit organization that inspires the ongoing revitalization and growth of a historic and cultural neighborhood in Tulsa, striving to transform it back to a thriving, walkable commercial district. KWMS is a 2020 Great American Main Street Award winner and an Oklahoma Certified Cultural District.
For more information about the Kendall Whittier Main Street or the Clean Club, please call or text 918-633-1934 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.