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Neighborhood Environmental Action Team (N.E.A.T.)

The City of Modesto's Neighborhood Environmental Action Team (N.E.A.T.) program is a fun, educational and worthwhile opportunity for you, your organization or your business to gain city-wide recognition while helping save taxpayer dollars. You can help beautify our community by adopting and caring for a N.E.A.T. area.

There are several ways you can care for a N.E.A.T. area. You may:

  • Remove litter
  • Weed
  • Plant and prune
  • Remove graffiti

The City has identified sites in public right-of-ways, parks and parkettes throughout Modesto that can be adopted by volunteers. When you sign up for the program, the City will work with you to select an area that requires the type of care for which you are volunteering.

Aside from your own satisfaction, volunteer efforts that qualify for long term maintenance agreements will be recognized by the City of Modesto.

Volunteer Opportunities

Litter Removal
You or your group can remove litter from an assigned N.E.A.T. area. If needed, the City will provide garbage bags to help you in your work. The debris can be placed in the garbage bags and left curbside for removal by City staff.

Weed Abatement
As with litter removal, you or your group will be assigned a specific N.E.A.T. area to keep free of weeds. If needed, the City will provide garbage bags to help get the work done. The gathered weeds can be placed in the garbage bags and left curbside for pickup by City staff.

Horticultural Maintenance
After training by City staff, horticultural volunteers prune and plant shrubbery in an assigned N.E.A.T. area.  Pruning can, as noted previously, be placed in the garbage bags provided by the City and left for City pickup.

Graffiti Removal
Graffiti volunteers keep their N.E.A.T. area free of graffiti by painting over it or removing it with special paint removers. Usually, entire walls are painted to eliminate the "patchwork" look. If needed, the City will provide paint and paint supplies, such as brushes and rollers. Graffiti should be removed within ten days of notification.

For more information, please contact Kelly Gallgher at (209) 342-2270 or