About Us


Clean Memphis is a 501(c)(3) grassroots organization founded in 2008 by a group of concerned citizens who believe that a cleaner city will help to reduce crime, promote a sense of pride in community and cultivate economic prosperity. Our goal is to engage every Memphian in getting and keeping Memphis clean.

We conduct three programs to work toward this goal: Supporting Community Partnerships and Zone Collaborations, High-Profile Clean Up Projects, and Service Learning Projects:

Clean Memphis works to support existing community partnerships and zone collaboratives in the following ways:

  • Organizing routine cleanup projects.
  • Expanding the community volunteer base to include area schools, churches, and businesses.
  • Assisting neighborhood leaders in identifying code enforcement issues and working with other agencies for resolutions.
  • Providing or securing additional resources to assist commuinty groups in cleanup and reduction of blight.

High Profile Clean-Up Projects:

  • Clean Memphis utilizes community service workers to perform monthly cleanup 'sweeps' in high-profile areas of the city like the Civil Rights Museum, Sun studios, Stax, the Medical Center, the Aerotropolis, and several parks and green spaces.
  • Organize cleanups along the Shelby Farms Greenline, future Greenline areas, and the Wolf River and its tributaries.

Service Learning Projects:

  • Clean Memphis offers classroom presentations, 3-dimensional Watershed and Landfill/Recycling demonstrations and other educational activites. The educational process culminates in a service project (cleanup and beautification project) on school grounds, in parks, or as part of the larger community 
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