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City Council Members Join Duquesne Volunteers for Spring Clean-Up

Pittsburgh City Council members R. Daniel Lavelle and Bruce Kraus will join more than 400 Duquesne students, faculty and staff for the University's 23rd annual Spring Clean-Up.

Teams of volunteers will be travel to designated areas in the Hill District and the South Side. Pittsburgh City Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle will work with volunteers in the Hill District and Pittsburgh City Councilman Bruce Kraus will participate with the South Side group.

Duquesne's Spring Clean-up initiative is designed to strengthen neighborhood relationships and spread awareness about local communities. Participants will clear lots and pick up litter, among other activities.

Campus Minister Luci-Jo DiMaggio said the event has grown since starting and that this year, volunteers will work in neighborhoods where they may interact daily. "For the past eight years, we have been focusing more on the community aspect of the clean-up event," DiMaggio said. "Instead of having people go 30 minutes away, we wanted to go back to our roots in the local neighborhoods and involve more community partnerships."

Community partners include UPMC, the Hill District Consensus Group, Clean Green Hill and others.

When: Saturday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: South Side Flats and Hill District (Uptown, Crawford Roberts, Bedford, Middle Hill, Schenley Heights and Herron Ave. Corridor areas)

Information: Volunteers will check-in at 9 a.m. on the patio of Mellon Hall on Duquesne's campus. For exact locations of clean-up sites, the media can call DiMaggio at 412.760.4248.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.