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Cedar Rapids Community Service Opportunites

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--An effort to clean up litter in Eastern Iowa is gaining national attention.

Cedar Rapids has been working on the one-bag challenge for more than a year.

Now organizers are getting recognized for the effort.

Enter the downtown Cedar Rapids public library and you'll see it, everything you need to take part in the city manager's one bag challenge.

"The one bag challenge is the city manager challenging every citizen to pick up one bag of liter every year, said Megan Murphy, the citys utilities communications coordinator.

A go green effort that has now won the city a silver circle national award. The program competed against other entries from cities and counties across the nation.

The goal, to promote community ownership and keep surrounding neighborhoods clean.

"We are very pleased to have that recognition and to be able to tell other communities about how to engage people in litter collection, Murphy said.

It's really all about keeping the community clean, folks at the United Way of East Central Iowa say something as simple as raking leaves can go a long way.

"We all live here and we want our community to look good and one way to do that is by pitching in, said Sue Driscoll United Way manager of volunteer engagement.

That's why this Saturday, which is make a difference day.

United Way is asking residents to volunteer with various non-profit agencies to help them finish their fall projects.

"There are some holiday type things going on, Driscoll said.

Driscoll says in the end service is the best way to get connected with the community.

The united way of East Central Iowa says so far only a dozen people have signed up for Saturdays "Make a Difference Day."

They need more than one-hundred volunteers by Saturday.

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