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What is Adopt-a-Block?
The Adopt-a-Block Program allows individuals, businesses, faith based groups, non-profit organizations, schools, and other entities to take ownership of and participate in enhancing the appearance of our wonderful City.

As an Adopt-a-Block participant you are able to select (adopt) an area you prefer to keep litter and graffiti free. Or, you can chose from a list of available areas. An Adopt-a-Block Coordinator will work with you regarding the application and registration process, safety requirements, supplies, and the reporting process. Once all requirements are met, participants are recognized via signage. Businesses and other organizations, meeting requirements, will be able to have their logo on their signs.
  What is Adopt-a-Block?
What are the advantages of participation?
Keeping Hayward litter and graffiti free improves the appearance, property values, and attractiveness of our city. It reduces environmental pollution and helps prevent crime associated with an un-kept community.

What are the advantages of participation? As an Adopt-a-Block participant, you will receive:
  • Clean up supplies (loaned for the duration of service)
  • Safety Guidelines and Equipment
  • Resources to help you plan and organize your clean ups
  • A Coordinator to assist you with the Adopt-a-Block process
What are the advantages of participation?
Ready to Adopt-a-Block?
Download and fill out an Adopt-a-Block Application. Email the completed application to A Coordinator will contact you within 2 business days.
More Questions?
See most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
Who can Adopt?
We welcome:
  • Neighborhood Families
  • Businesses and Business Organizations
  • Community and Civic Groups
  • Schools
  • Neighborhood Associations
  • Faith Based Groups
  • Individuals
Who can Adopt?
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 your Adopt-a-Block Coordinator.
When do I get a sign?
  • After your second successful clean up event.
Is the sign optional?
  • Yes, it is at your discretion.
Cleaners & Greeners
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Bowman Elementary School
Winton Middle School
Tennyson High School
Tennyson Volleyball Team
Glassbrook Elementary School
Baxter Healthcare
Zermeno Family
Hayward Community Gardens
Heald College
Bickford / Sailing
Hayward Area Recreation and Park District
Hayward Chamber of Commerce
Tri-CED Community Recycling
Dan Henriques
Moreau Catholic High School
Hayward Day Labor Center
Community Action Network
Chabot College
Lincoln Child Center
St Bedes Catholic Elementary School
Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority
Tau Kappa Epsilon
Tau Kappa Epsilon Colony #845
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc
Upward Bound
Victory Outreach
Hayward Jaycees
Greg Galati, Glassbrook/Huntwood Cleanup Team
Vargas/Gutierrez Family
Glassbrook Neighborhood Cleanup Team
Salwan Property Management
Bruno Family
Newport Street Neighbors
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For more information on this program, please contact
or Colleen Kamai at 510-583-4340.

Please direct all faxed information to 510-583-3601.