By Jeremy Pittari, Item Staff Writer
The Picayune Item
Friends of Boley are now one step closer to obtaining their 501c3 status as a non-profit organization after receiving corporate status.
Friends of Boley president Scott White said a local attorney provided some assistance in getting the status set up. Now a local CPA has indicated an intention to help the group achieve 501c3 status, enabling the group to officially be a non-profit organization and accept donations.
The spring cleanup is set for April 20, the Saturday before Earth Day. White said he wants this cleanup to be a tie in to the day.
This weekend’s Street Fair will feature a booth for the Friends of Boley. Visitors to the booth can learn all about the organization and also purchase a raffle ticket to win one of two single passenger kayaks, complete with a life jacket and paddle.
The group’s Street Fair booth is located close to the intersection of Main Street and West Canal Street.
Raffle tickets can be purchased during and after the Street Fair for $1 per ticket, or six tickets for $5, White said.
The April 20th event will be a cleanup of the west branch of the Hobolochitto Creek from the bridge on Mississippi Highway 43 North all the way down to Burnt Bridge. Any volunteer who wants to get out of the creek before Burnt Bridge, or who is limited by time, can do so at Long Bridge.
White said a number of companies have donated food or refreshments for the event. Coca-Cola has donated drinks, Coast Electric will pay to rent 50 canoes for volunteers to use, Huey Stockstill Incorporated will pay for the lunches and Mississippi Power will pay for the T-shirts volunteers will get for helping with the cleanup.
The purpose of the group is to keep sections of the local waterway clean of trash and major snags. While cleanups do not remove all downed logs to preserve the natural aspects of the creek, volunteers will cut a path through major snags only big enough to enable volunteers to traverse the creek. That work allows local residents to enjoy the creek more easily. Board members of the group, assisted by local volunteers, plan to traverse the creek on April 13, to do a pre-assessment and make sure volunteers can float the creek safely and easily.
Volunteers who collect the most trash during the cleanup, or even the most unique piece of trash, could win a gift card to Wal-Mart.