Youths to pick up trash at shutdown-affected national parks, including Independence

John McDevitt
January 04, 2019 - 3:38 pm
Independence Hall

Paul Gluck


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — As the partial government shutdown extends to another week, one youth organization plans to help affected national parks, including Independence National Historical Park.

Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) will be picking up trash in five national parks Saturday, since park employees and the parks themselves are at a standstill during the shutdown. 

"Serving the communities we live in isn't just a civic responsibility," said AMYA spokesman Salaam Bhatti, "it is actually a part of our faith."

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Bhatti said volunteers will be armed with gloves and garbage bags near Independence Hall on Saturday between 1 and 3 p.m., and the public welcome to join in.

"Unfortunately with the government shutdown, there has been an increase in trash that isn't being collected at our national parks," he added. "So we are going to go and just clean up and pick up the trash."

The Maryland-based AMYA is a nationwide youth group for young Muslim men and boys that serves its local communities.

Nationwide volunteers will also be at the National Mall in Washington, D.C.; Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio; Joshua Tree National Park in California; and Everglades National Park in South Florida.

Those who want to join in the efforts can email