Germantown Pop-up Cleanup

“Clean It Up Make It Safe” Germantown Pop-up Cleanup is a public health and safety campaign aimed at litter abatement within Lower Germantown.

The grassroots project utilizes pop-up cleanups – volunteer efforts that appear suddenly or unexpectedly – along the commercial district to improve the beauty, cleanliness, and safety of the targeted area, build community, and inspire people to action.

The program is managed by Friends of Germantown Northwest and Keith Schenck, in partnership with Germantown United CDC.


“Clean It Up Make It Safe” Germantown Pop-up Cleanup are highly visible flash cleanups within the commercial district and provide sidewalk sweeping, weeding, and litter and cigarette removal. Each cleanup is executed by a large group of volunteers, lead by Friends of Germantown NW, and designed to:

  • Have an an immediate and positive physical impact in the community;
  • Generate excitement and community spirit;
  • Demonstrate leadership by example;
  • Encourage participation in community building; and
  • Challenge residents, merchants, and other stakeholders in greater Germantown to become involved in service and community-driven neighborhood improvement efforts.

“Clean It Up Make It Safe” Germantown Pop-up Cleanup volunteer crew (photo: Emaleigh Doley)


This project is part of Germantown United CDC’s Lower Germantown Quality of Life Initiative, which began in 2017. The initiative aims to address quality of life issues having a negative effect on the lower Germantown Avenue business corridor, south of Coulter Street to Berkley St at Wayne Junction Station. These issues center on trash and litter, auto and pedestrian traffic safety, nuisance businesses, and crime.


If you would like to support the “Clean It Up Make It Safe” campaign, please contact Keith Schenck at and Emaleigh Doley at

Look out for a pop-up cleanup near you!

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