On Sunday, January 28, 2018, more than 40 volunteers from the World Mission Society Church of God participated in a cleanup for the “Adopt-a-Highway” program. They worked with Florida’s Department of Transportation, which leads the “Adopt-a-Highway” program, to select a highway. The members decided to adopt a two-mile stretch of U.S Highway 441 in Mt. Dora.

The “Adopt-a-Highway” program involves cleaning and maintaining the location at least four times a year for two years. This cleanup falls under the Church of God’s national and international environmental protection efforts.

The volunteers arrived at the cleanup site at 9:30 a.m., and started cleaning from Eudora Road. From there, they marched down both sides of U.S. Highway 441, picking up trash that had accumulated over the years. The Department of Transportation also assisted in determining where to clean and how to dispose the trash properly. Additionally, Cathy Hoechst, vice mayor of Mt. Dora, joined the environmental protection effort, picking up trash with the volunteers.

wmscog, World Mission Society Church of God, mount dora, Orlando, Florida, FL, adopt a highway, volunteerism, cleanup, trash, environment, protection
Volunteers from the World Mission Society Church of God held a cleanup in Mt. Dora in participation of the “Adopt a Highway” program.

“Thank you all for coming out here and doing this and making it fun,” said Vice Mayor Hoechst. “I mean who else can come out and pick up trash and be singing and enjoying each other? Keep it up! It makes a difference, and maybe by seeing your example, other groups and other people will get out here and do something like you are doing!”

The residents of Mt. Dora and drivers passing by encouraged the volunteers, honking their horns and waving at them. By the time the volunteers concluded at Donnelly Street, they collected 43 bags of trash.They deposed of things like paper bags, plastic bottles, food containers and other debris.

The Church of God volunteers carry out volunteer services like this all year round to practice the love of God the Father and God the Mother through good deeds. The World Mission Society Church of God has more than 7,000 locations in 175 countries with about 2.7 million members. Volunteers participate in disaster relief efforts, environmental protection activities, blood drives, social welfare, and more. Contact us to learn more about how to get involved.