Members of the clean-up project pose with some of the garbage they collected

Groups team up to clean Richard Avenue

Shippensburg University students in Greek organizations are teaming up to help make the community a cleaner place.

Members of several fraternities and sororities will join together Oct. 17 in a clean-up project along Richard Avenue. The students will start collecting trash at the corner of King and Queen streets and continue until the end of Richard Avenue.

The clean-up Saturday is a follow up to the clean-up initiative started Sept. 18. Members of Kappa Delta Phi fraternity and Kappa Delta Phi National Affiliated sorority organized a trash pick-up after complaints from residents of Richard Avenue were discussed at an Inter-Fraternity Council meeting.

Matt Swartz, Kappa Delta Phi president, said residents of the area “don’t want to sit on their porch and look at garbage on the street.”

The clean-up was an effort to do something about the issue. Christopher Morris, Kappa Delta Phi member, said he thinks the effort will also “shed a better light on all Shippensburg students.”

Local community members were pleased with the trash pick-up. According to Kappa Delta Phi member Grant McKenzie, numerous residents expressed their gratitude at previous clean-ups. “There were a couple of joggers who passed by and said, ‘Thank you so much,’ and how much they appreciated what we were doing.”

Due to the project’s success, all members of Greek organizations on campus are invited to participate in the next clean-up. Morris said he isn’t sure how many organizations will be involved Oct. 17, but he hopes that by the end of the year all Greek organizations will be involved with a clean-up every month.

For more information, contact Emilee Danielson, director of fraternity and sorority life, at