Litter Magic The Kennedy Heights' Neighborhood Clean-Up Program

Litter Magic helps green up Kennedy Heights!!

Next Date

Sat. April 25, 2015 • 8:30 AM–12:00 PM

KENNEDY HTS. Presbyterian Church


Meet up at the Kennedy Heights Presbyterian Church 6312 Kennedy Ave.!

Pizza and Group Photo at 11:30am!!

  • Rid Our Streets of Litter !!
  • After the Clean-Up, meet at the park for refreshments
  • Improve the health of the spring wildflower area


    Joanie and Jeffry Weidner moved to Kennedy Heights September 1996. They were concerned about the amount of trash they saw in their new neighborhood. Joanie started to pick up litter on her own and eventually knew she had to get some help. When they found out Kennedy Heights' was participating in the Great American Clean-up they decided to lend a hand. It was a rainy day and the only other participates were Kay Briggs, Community Coordinator, and Kate Kern, Beautification Chair. The Weidner's shared their concern and wondered if we could make litter disappear, like magic, one bag at a time. On that day in April 1999, the Litter Magic program was born.

    Kate secured a small grant from Invest in Neighborhoods. Jeffry created the T-shirt design and with the grant money the now familiar yellow Litter Magic t-shirts were purchased. The first clean-up took place in July 1999 and 30 volunteers came out. One year later at the April Great American Clean-up 75 volunteers were there to help!

    The Weidners now do three clean-up events each year; April, July, and October. At each April event a group photograph is taken and all volunteers receive a copy. They continue to find creative ways to advertise and enroll their neighbors in this worthwhile community service.

    Results to date

    From July 1999 - July 2005 there were 16 clean-up events, involving 550 volunteers. The Litter Magicians have collected 1,013 bags of trash, tires, microwave, wire, etc!


    • Since its inception Litter Magic has won 5 top awards from Keep Cincinnati Beautiful.
    • December, 2005, Joanie Weidner won national honors (2nd Place) for the Litter Magic program from Keep America Beautiful and attended the awards banquet in Orlando, Florida.
    Special Reminder!
    It's never too late to become involved with this or any special event in Kennedy Heights. The Community Council is always looking for volunteers .
    • Help organize the event
    • Help promote the event
    • Help out on the day of the event
    • Help a little or help a lot - every little bit counts!
    Contact the Kennedy Heights Community Council for More Info: 531-4048 0r

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