(3/16/19)– Bright colored vests scattered along the road.
With trash pickers in hand, volunteers worked together to clean up Washington Street in Monroe and the surrounding area.
The clean up kicked off at Macedonia Baptist Church this morning.
“What we’re doing is we’re teaming up with churches, especially the south side area, to clean up the community’s around their churches and just the surrounding community, said Gregg Smith, Executive Director of Keep Monroe Beautiful.
Nearly 50 volunteers spent their sunny Saturday morning strutting up and down the streets picking up trash.
It’s an effort some say is an investment for the neighborhood.
“Of course we want to give back to the community, help clean up the trash make it look nice, make people want to be like oh my gosh this is beautiful,” said volunteer Kennedy Henderson.
Others say that volunteering is their way of letting their neighbors know they care.
“It’s important for us to be present in the communities where we live and where we work,” said volunteer Latetao Hutchinson.
And as volunteers clean, they remember those who walked these same roads before them.
“A lot of older who have died lived here and my grandmother actually grew up, well she actually lived over there and she’s dead now but I know if she was here she would love to see me do this,” said Henderson.
With trash bags in hand and a goal in mind, those volunteers honored both past and present residents with their service.
Keep Monroe Beautiful plans on having another event to collect old furniture next month.