Charlotte, NC-based Autobell® Car Wash recently conducted its annual cleanup along the company’s designated portion of the Little Sugar Creek Greenway as part of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities Adopt-A-Stream program. The Autobell Creek Walk began in 2000 in conjunction with Mecklenburg County’s launch of a major stream restoration project for this important waterway.
In August, 36 Autobell team members from 15 of the company’s local stores as well as the home office spent two hours scouring the waterway between East Boulevard and Morehead Street to collect trash and debris from the creek bed and banks. Team members are paid by Autobell for their time during the cleanup and provided hydration and lunch vouchers by the company.
“This is our 20th year for this Autobell tradition here in our hometown, and it’s still a thrill and honor to see our folks come together for the chance to serve the community,” stated Autobell CEO and owner Chuck Howard, who joined the cleanup along with other Howard family members spanning three generations.
In conjunction with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and UNC Charlotte, the company also co-created and sponsors the annual Autobell Creek Challenge®, a STEM-based curriculum and competition for elementary school students that focuses on water science and quality, as well as the vitality of our local creek system.