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The 11th and Washington streets neighborhood received a helping hand recently.
Actually, it was more than 100 helping hands.
An army of volunteers from Columbus Township, Cummins Inc., and the city of Columbus, plus some neighborhood residents, cleared brush from homes, picked up trash, cleaned alleys, trimmed bushes and made home repairs during a neighborhood cleanup Oct. 4.
It was an impressive display of people who care about the community in which they live, and want to help other residents.
The effort was part of Mayor Kristen Brown’s initiative to respond to the needs of neighborhoods.
The cleanup followed two community meetings that discussed crime, deteriorating properties, street lights and litter. That neighborhood also has generated the second-most calls to police about suspicious activity, according to police.
During the summer, the city conducted community meetings and a cleanup for the Ninth Street Park neighborhood.
The city also is trying to use the resources at its disposal, such as nonprofit organizations and grants, to help some of the property owners in these neighborhoods.
These neighborhood cleanups are important. They’re a way to tackle ongoing issues and strengthen ties with the residents. They help build foundations for future improvements. And, they’re a way for people driven to volunteer to donate their skills and sweat.
With such a great turnout this fall, there’s no reason to expect it wouldn’t be just as strong in the spring. Just think of the difference that could make.
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