Memphis Clean by 2019, Clean Memphis and Leadership Memphis Host MLK Day of Service Clean-Up

Release date: 1/14/2016

Memphis, Tenn.— Memphis Clean by 2019, Clean Memphis and Leadership Memphis will host a City-wide Clean-Up on Martin Luther King Jr. Day which is Monday, January 18th, from 1:00 pm-3:30 pm. This clean-up is just one way the Memphis Clean by 2019 initiative is working to rid the city of trash and blight by 2019, the city’s bicentennial. Memphis Clean by 2019 is a moon mission of the Chairman’s Circle, a business leadership group formed by the Greater Memphis Chamber. Thousands of Memphians are expected to participate on Jan. 18th.

“What better time to help clean up your city than on Martin Luther King Jr. Day who encouraged everyone to serve their community,” said Shea Flinn, Sr. Vice President of the Chairman’s Circle, Greater Memphis Chamber. “This clean-up is just one way the Chairman’s Circle and our great partners are working together to make Memphis the cleanest city in America again.”
Clean Memphis is a vital partner of the Memphis Clean by 2019 strategy, having coordinated MLK Day of Service clean-ups for several years. Leadership Memphis provides access to their network of community leaders and schools who participate in their programs for clean-up locations.
“2016 marks our 7th year to honor the legacy of Dr. King with a day of service with our community partners and schools.  We are honored to work with Leadership Memphis and the Chairman’s Circle on the Memphis Clean by 2019 initiative.  The business community plays a critical role in the realization of this mission,” said Janet Boscarino, Executive Director, Clean Memphis.
“Leadership Memphis is proud to assist the efforts of Memphis Clean by 2019. Participants and graduates from the Leadership Memphis programs and students in our 8 SUCCESS high schools will clean up the areas around each school on MLK day. This is just one of many ways that Leadership Memphis is making our community a better place to live, work, and play.  We are excited to be a part of this great day of service in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr,” said David Williams, President & CEO, Leadership Memphis.
Locations for Jan. 18th Clean-Up:
Carver High School: Riverview Kansas Community
East High School: Binghampton Community
Fairley High School: Whitehaven Community
Hamilton High School: Hamilton Community
Kingsbury High School: Berclair Community
Kirby High School: Hickory Hill Community
Melrose High School: Orange Mound Community
Trezevant High School: Trezevant Community
2015 saw unprecedented collaboration and support in cleaning up Memphis as well as efforts to tackle blight in Memphis including the official launch of The Blight Authority of Memphis, more community and corporate engagement and educational initiatives in schools.
If anyone, individuals or businesses want to get more involved in the Memphis Clean by 2019 efforts, please contact Janet Boscarino with Clean Memphis at People can register by visiting
If you would like to help but cannot participate, here are some items companies or individuals can donate: gloves and trash bags. Please contact for pick-up.
The Chairman’s Circle is a leadership body created to engage Memphis business leaders on a variety of issues that affect Memphis and the Mid-South. The group’s intention is to cause transformational change through leadership working closely with civic partners and public officials.   
The Greater Memphis Chamber is the lead economic development agency for Memphis/Shelby County, and is a private, non-profit, membership-driven organization comprised of 2,300 business enterprises, civic organizations, educational institutions and individuals.
Clean Memphis is a nonprofit organization.  Its mission is to engage every citizen in making Memphis and Shelby County Clean, Green and Environmentally Sustainable.  Founded in 2008 by a group of concerned citizens, Clean Memphis works with neighborhoods organizations, churches, schools and corporate teams to achieve this mission.  Clean Memphis programs include: Sustainable Schools Challenge, Community Partnership/Memphis Clean by 2019 lead community agency and Project Green Fork.
Leadership Memphis is a non-profit, community leadership development organization. Its mission is to prepare and mobilize leaders to work together for the good of the whole community. Founded in 1977 as The Memphis Institute of Public Responsibility, the organization has trained and graduated more than 2,500 leaders from its signature programs: Executive, FastTrack, Criminal/Juvenile Justice, and Grassroots. Its Action Initiatives are Memphis Talent Dividend/Graduate Memphis, and SUCCESS High Schools.