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Team VVNG ‘Meet & Clean’ volunteers challenge others to do the same

VICTORVILLE, Calif. ( — A small group of volunteers woke up early Saturday morning and helped pick up trash along Hesperia Road in Victorville.

The ‘Meet & Greet’ was a first of its kind event put together by the City of Victorville as a way to encourage more people to get involved and meet other local residents while cleaning up trash that’s littering our beautiful desert.

John Garcia and Tyler Iwig with the City of Victorville arrived bright and early at the meetup site near the corner of Hesperia and Ottawa Roads. They brought along a dump truck and supplies that included gloves, litter sticks, blue trash bags, ice-cold water, and a free tote bag.

Several of the students from the 85 member Environmental Club at Mesa Linda Middle School showed up to lend a helping hand.

“We want to challenge all the schools in the area to meet us at the next city clean up and we want to see every single high school and middle school represented,” stated the club advisor, Angela Stevens.

For volunteer’s Mayela Lopez and her son Ryan, it was their first time participating in a community cleanup event.

“I didn’t realize how much trash is out here in the desert itself. I’m sad to say that I’m the one who does stuff like that too. Now, that I see and I did what I did, I really want to make an impact on the environment and mother earth because it’s not going to be done by itself,” stated Lopez.

Hugo Valdez of Victor Valley News said, “This is a great way to encourage some positivity to everyone from all ages to get involved. It’s a small commitment to make and even with 10 people, we made a pretty big impact. I can only imagine what having an even bigger crowd can do!”

This Meet & Clean event is not to be confused with the Victorville community clean-up day scheduled for Saturday, October 19, 2019. Volunteers can register online at by Oct 1st to get a free t-shirt.

Come help beautify Victorville, by participating in our #cityofvv Community Clean-up Event on Oct. 19! FREE t-shirts are available for those who sign-up before Oct. 1, so sign-up now at of Victorville)

VVNG would like to hear from you on where you want the next Meet & Clean to take place. Comment below and let us know.

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