Now that the election is finally over, a local organization is inviting politicians to recycle any unwanted political signs for its “Signs of Hope” campaign.
New Vision Renewable Energy, a 501-C-3 non-profit organization in Philippi, will be putting the signs to use as the base of their solar-powered lights that are sent to families and schools in developing countries around the world.
The recycled boards are cut into smaller pieces and covered with 3M mirror film. Bright LED light strips are added before being placed in a plastic water-proof encasement made by the 3M Corporation, New Vision’s partner. Battery packs that can be plugged into the lights and into slim solar panels are attached.
So far, with help from politicians around the area, New Vision has collected 2,800 political signs to provide 3,500 clean lighting sources to families in 33 countries.
“New Vision has found a way to bring Republicans and Democrats together for a common good,” said Ruston Seaman, president/CEO of New Vision. “Please help out. Don’t bury the signs in the earth. Let them help another…”