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Downtown Vicksburg cleanup effort to take place June 18 a part of statewide day of service



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Downtown Vicksburg on Washington Street looking north from South Street. Photo by David Day

A cleanup effort will take place in downtown Vicksburg on June 18 as part of a statewide day of service. First Lady Elee Reeves encouraged Mississippians across the state to get involved and find volunteer opportunities in their local communities.

The effort is a collaboration between First Lady of Mississippi, Ms. Holly Brand (Miss Mississippi 2021), Keep Mississippi Beautiful and Volunteer Mississippi.

“I’m incredibly excited to help host this day of service. Volunteerism is key to bettering the lives of others and helping to foster a stronger sense of community,” said First Lady Elee Reeves. “Mississippians are charitable, kind-hearted, and generous folks. I hope Mississippians across the state will join us in finding volunteer opportunities on June 18th.”

The day of service will kick off at the Vicksburg Convention Center and will clean up the surrounding streets in the downtown Vicksburg area. Brand and the First Lady will be joined in their volunteer efforts by many of the participants in the 2022 Miss Mississippi Competition. Each participant represents her hometown, city and community.

Each Miss Mississippi candidate since 1990 has promoted a social issue or cause during her year of service. Holly’s social impact initiative is “Volunteerism: If You See a Need, Take the Lead.”

In recognition of this effort, Governor Tate Reeves declared June 18, 2022, as “Mississippi Serves – A Day to Volunteer”. He is encouraging all Mississippians to volunteer for service projects across the state on June 18. He wishes to make volunteer service a part of their daily lives.

The full proclamation issued by Governor Reeves can be read here.

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