This year 95 adults and children signed up to lend a hand in the community clean up project designed to promote both community involvement and neighborhood pride. Typically the event has 80 to 100 volunteers for street clean-up who also get to participate in the neighborhood cookout that follows.
“We’ve had a really good turn out this year,” Ellerbe-Shannon said. “I am happy that the youth is getting more involved in the community.”
Ellerbe, who has been organizing as well as funding the event for the past six years, said the focus of the year is to continue daily litter pick-up and to encourage neighbors to keep the neighborhood clean while also promoting home rehab projects.
“We can’t rebuild in this neighborhood, so we need to start doing home rehab projects. Once we have a few projects completed we plan to take pictures to use as samples for future grant projects,” Ellerbe-Shannon said. “I represent the district, so I feel it’s important for me to do something.”
In addition to neighbors, some of the youth from Camp Sandhills assisted with the clean-up and the Chesterfield County Coordinating Council prepared an education booth for participants.