Volunteers spruce up the Flint community - WNEM TV 5

Volunteers spruce up the Flint community

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GENESEE COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

A community cleanup kicked off the Mayor’s 2017 Beautification Initiative, complete with a community celebration.

"It's very important to live in a clean environment," said Elizabeth Reno, a volunteer.

Volunteer teams comprised of neighbors, family members and community groups adopt a block along Saginaw Street or Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue to spruce up their surroundings.

"It is so cool because we live here and we're cleaning up the environment and we're walking around every day and we want it to look beautiful," said Jennifer Bigelow, a volunteer. 

She said this is her first time volunteering to clean up a block, and she thinks the city of Flint is well deserving. 

"We want to walk around. We want to see that it looks beautiful. We want the plants to look beautiful. We want the kids to love it. We especially don't want glass everywhere," said Bigelow.

The Community Cleanup took place from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. with a community celebration taking place at Flint City Hall from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Denise Paauw is a Flint resident and said she’s proud to lend a hand in her neighborhood.

"It's our area that we live in, you know? So we want to clean it as much as we can," said Paauw.

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