I am keeping a running tab of the participants for the 2009 Island-Wide Cleanup on the Beautify CNMI blog. So far 6 spots have been adopted by 8 volunteer groups, accounting for 136 volunteers. I expect this number to rise exponentially as the schools and government offices start to sign up (plus I've had pledges from DFS and Tan Holdings to participate).
We're getting a lot of support already. The event is being organized by the Division of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Rotary Club of Saipan, Marianas Tourism Education Council (MTEC), and the Marianas Visitors Authority (MVA). MVA has donated $1500 for the purchase of cleanup supplies, MTEC has donated $1000 in prizes and supplies (details on this donation should be in the newspapers tomorrow), and DEQ is using staff time for coordination and the collection of trash on the day of the cleanup. Additionally, Ron and Nancy Kramis living in Bellingham, Washington have donated $300 to be used as prize money and McDonald's is donating cleanup supplies.
So things are looking good for the cleanup in 10 days.
I told the media that I expected 5,000 people to participate. Even though we're 4,864 volunteers short right now, I think we'll get really close, if not surpass our goal.
If you would like to participate, send me an Email or a Facebook message and I'll help get you set up.