For Mark Mckee, every time he opens his Facebook page, Clean Sweep Tri-Cities is growing. McKee has developed something special. He’s brought together family, friends, and the entire Tri-Cities community. The original mission was simple: pick up trash, bring people together and honor the Lord. “It’s amazing how something as simple as cleaning up the city can bring people together, it’s pretty special, “ said Mark McKee.
McKee’s good works haven’t gone unnoticed. Earlier this year, KEPR Action News, the CBS affiliate in Tri-Cities profiled Mark McKee and the Clean Sweep movement. “God knows we need it, work crews haven’t been working much because of COVID and you can’t help but drive from one end to the other and not see trash everywhere.” Mark Mckee to KEPR TV in July of 2020.
Now, in the early stages of 2021 the Clean Sweep Tri-Cities Facebook group is well over 1,000 members. “We are really growing . I brought on a full-time outreach coordinator and a part-time crew leader. I’m paying for it out of my pocket right now trusting God will continue to provide as always,” said McKee.
His recent clean-up events have attracted dozens of people each time. Tri-Cities media have covered them closely. A
“Wednesdays and Saturdays we have litter crews and Saturday food drives, Sunday church followed by community outreach, life groups, women’s Cleansweep ministry at the Union Gospel Mission, said McKee.“
“We are partnered with Tri-City Treasures Nonprofit thrift store. “We are just getting started. I work full-time for Brashear electric and could not handle it all. We are now a non-profit and with great hopes and faith, we will have some funding soon.
Hispanic Food Network is excited to continue to promote Mark’s message of hope. Mark encourages everyone to become a part of the Clean Sweep Tri-Cities movement!