Earth Day Bag Challenge Winners Revealed

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(ALLENTOWN, PA) – The Allentown Rescue Mission’s Clean Team Workforce announced the winners of its first annual Earth Day Bag Challenge. The Clean Team Workforce, along with representatives from the City of Allentown, disclosed the winning team at a ceremony in Arts Park.

In observance of Earth Day 2022, the Clean Team Workforce hoped to raise awareness about keeping

the environment clean by inviting its employees to participate in a “Bag Challenge” during the month of April. The Clean Team Workforce picks up litter daily in downtown Allentown under contract by the City of Allentown. Men who participated in the contest competed to see who could fill the most trash and recycling bags on their regular work routes in the downtown area.

Participants were divided into two teams to compete in the contest. The Allentown Rescue Mission tracked the number of bags each team collected and the group with the most bags at the end of April was announced at the ceremony.

The winning team consisted of four Clean Team Workforce employees: John R., Charles S., David S, and Lee T. They collected 192 bags of trash and 125 bags of recycling. Together, both teams did a remarkable job removing 345 bags of trash and 217 bags of recycling from the streets of Allentown throughout the month of April.

Congratulations to the winners! They received trophies made from recycled bottles and a gift card to an eatery of their choice.


The Allentown Rescue Mission, a 501c3, 123 bed non-profit homeless shelter has been providing shelter for homeless men since 1900. In addition to emergency shelter services (365 days a year), the Allentown Rescue Mission offers a residential life skills program, and transitional employment on the Clean Team Workforce that’s available for hire to the community. The Clean Team Workforce pays the men above PA state minimum wage– helping them save a nest egg to transition back into the community. In a typical year, the Allentown Rescue Mission provides shelter services for over 946 men per year, and serves over 42,000 meals a year to men in need.

Information provided to TVL by:
Stefanie Appel
Community Relations
Allentown Rescue Mission