Cemetery Awareness Cleanup Day is Saturday

Cemetery Awareness Cleanup Day is Saturday

After a long winter knocked branches and trees onto already matted leaves in local cemeteries, area burial grounds are in great need of beautification, say those tasked with their upkeep.

Volunteers with local cemetery cleanup groups will be out in full force this Saturday, April 14, for Cemetery Awareness Cleanup Day in Rhode Island.

Whether a small wooded historic cemetery in a neighborhood or larger and more open one, all could use some help this spring. In many cemeteries, vandalism over the winter is left to be addressed when the warm weather returns.

Christine MacWilliams, an organizer in Woonsocket and North Smithfield, said in a press release that anyone who wants to volunteer should contact her at cmacwilliams58@yahoo.com, and she’ll be able to connect them with group volunteer leaders in many northern Rhode Island communities.

For MacWilliams and other volunteers, the goal of their cleanup efforts across the state is to restore dignity to often forgotten burial grounds, one cemetery at a time.