Going the Extra Mile
Adopt-A-Highway is a Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) program designed to help keep the state’s highway roadsides clean and attractive. Participants adopt both sides of a section of state highway roadside to clean up for at least a two-year period. Since 1990, Adopt-A-Highway local groups have collected over a million bags of trash. Currently 2,800 groups are participating in the program and have adopted over 6,400 miles of Michigan highways.
Hastings First United Methodist Church (Green Street Church) was assigned a 3 mile section on M-43 north of Hastings, but this was daunting to try to get enough volunteers to keep it clean. In 2013 we partnered with Hastings Free Methodist Church and split the 3-mile section into two, more manageable 1.5 mile sections. This has worked out beautifully for both congregations. The State of Michigan has updated the signage to reflect this change and both congregations now appear on the sign. Our responsibility is approximately 1.5 miles from the north Hastings city limit sign to Willets Road.
For more information about the State of Michigan’s Adopt-A-Highway program, please click on: http://michigan.gov/mdot.
For more information about our church involvement and pickup dates, please contact Marcia Szumowski at (269) 948-2169 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.