Adopt-a-Block Program

Join volunteer groups from all over Hayward who have pledged to help keep Hayward clean & green!

Adopt-a-Block Program sign on a background of green trees and a blue sky

As an Adopt-a-Block volunteer you are able to "adopt" an area that you are committed to keeping litter free for a period of two years. By keeping Hayward litter 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 unkempt community.

Adopt-a-Block Resources: 

Everything you need to maintain your adopted block!

Adopt-a-Block Application Form

Questions? Contact: or call (510) 881-7745

Frequently Asked Questions:

As a volunteer you will help keep your block clean by removing litter and reporting graffiti, weed control, and blight issues.

The adoption area is a minimum of one block but larger areas are encouraged. You can check out our Adopt-a-Block Area Map for locations that are available for adoption.


Adopt-a-Block Area Map

  • Neighborhood Families
  • Businesses and Business Organizations
  • Community and Civic Groups
  • Schools
  • Neighborhood Associations
  • Faith Based Groups
  • Individuals

A minimum of four times per year. More often if needed.

Two years with the ability to renew.

After your clean ups someone from our Maintenance Service team will come out to an agreed upon location to pick up the litter you collected.

We do! We will provide gloves, vests, bags, and grabbers.

Absolutely! We encourage you to get your little ones and teens involved as long as they have proper adult supervision. There must be one adult for every five minors.

After you have successfully completed two clean ups the City of Hayward will put an adopt-a-block sign on your adopted area letting everyone know that your group is responsible for how fabulous the area looks. The sign can have any name or phrase (with in reason) that represents your group

No problem! The sign is completely optional.