City of Hayward - Heart of the Bay

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Help Keep Hayward Streets Litter-free!

Join volunteer groups from all over Hayward who have pledged to help clean up the city streets. The mission of the Adopt-a-Block program is to promote taking ownership of and participate in enhancing the appearance of our wonderful City.

As an Adopt-a-Block volunteer, you will receive:

  • Cleanup supplies
    (loaned for the duration of volunteer service - to be picked up and returned by volunteers)
  • Safety equipment
  • Special after cleanup garbage pickup (if needed)
  • Recognition via signage
  • Graffiti removal supplies
  • And more… view the Supply Request Form

What blocks have been “adopted?”

View the Adopt-a-Block Map to see which streets have been adopted by volunteers.

Ready to Adopt-a-Block Now?

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What does it mean to become an Adopt-a-Block volunteer?

As an Adopt-a-Block volunteer you are able to “adopt” an area that you are committed to keeping litter and graffiti free for a period of two years. By keeping Hayward litter and graffiti free you are improving the appearance, property values, and attractiveness of our city. You will also be helping to reduce environmental pollution and prevent crime associated with an un-kept community.

Who can Adopt?

  • Neighborhood Families
  • Businesses and Business Organizations
  • Community and Civic Groups
  • Schools
  • Neighborhood Associations
  • Faith Based Groups
  • Individuals
  • How often do volunteers clean up?

  • As needed. Minimum of four times per year.
  • How long is the adoption period?

  • Two years with the ability to renew.
  • What do volunteers do?

  • Remove litter and graffiti
  • Report weed control and blight issues
  • Who picks up litter after clean ups?

  • City of Hayward, Maintenance Department
  • Are minors allowed to participate?

  • Yes. If under 18, must have one adult for every five minors.
  • Who provides supplies?

  • Program will provide gloves, vests, bags. Grabbers will be loaned.
  • Adoption Area

  • Minimum of one block.
  • What if I need help?

  • Contact staff at or 510.583.3908.
  • When do I get a sign?

  • After your second successful clean up event.
  • Is the sign optional?

  • Yes, it is at your discretion.
  • What if I have more questions?

  • Contact staff at or 510.583.3908 and we will schedule a time to have you come in and go over your questions with a program coordinator.
    Blue: Adopted
    Red: Pending Adoption
    Green: Suggested Areas