Volunteers from across the community canvased the city picking up trash in an effort to help improve Greensboro’s residential neighborhoods during the city’s annual Clean Up Day. The city council expressed it appreciation to the volunteers for their efforts to beautify the city and to the Greensboro Community Housing Team for taking the lead in organizing Clean Up activities across Greensboro.
Greensboro’s new Community Housing Team built on the annual city-wide Clean Up Day to offer organized Clean Up activities in Mill Village, the Railroad Neighborhood, and other areas throughout Greensboro. Volunteer teams used trash bags provided by the city to pick up and bag litter. The collected trash was later picked up and disposed of by city workers.
Volunteers from Greene County High School worked with Community Housing Team Member Annie Grant to clean up litter on “Mill Hill” in the historic Mill Village. Students Kyasia Hill, Tu'Neique Hurst, Victoria Stephens, Jasmine Hill, Jerry Hurst, Niesha Fair, Tyrone Jackson, and Derrick Andrews used their spring break to give back to their community.
In the Railroad Neighborhood volunteers worked to clean up the area around Parker Bridge and the historic Baber House. The Railroad Neighborhood Clean Up was organized by Community Housing Team Member, Mamie Hillman. Volunteers included Karen A. Lewis, Lataya M. Cochran, Ronald S. Cochran, David Rankin, and Kevin J. Lewis, Jr.
Hillman comments, “The children in the Railroad community have been helping to keep their neighborhood clean through volunteer clean-ups since they were very little. Now many of those children are teenagers and young adults who still volunteer their time to improve the community.”
Greensboro’s Public Housing Director, Robert Motley took the lead on beautifying Greensboro’s public housing and the surrounding areas. Public Housing’s team of staff and volunteers managed to remove hundreds of pounds of abandoned tires, litter, glass, and other debris.
“We got permission to clean up several abandoned lots around public housing,” explains Motley. “These abandoned lots were littered with mattresses, trash and other junk and had a negative effect on the neighborhood as a whole.”
Many groups and individuals volunteered to help with the Clean Up efforts. Rodrick Humphrey and his crew volunteered to remove graffiti at the railroad underpass on West Street. Mr. Humphrey used his professional pressure washing equipment to remove the unsightly graffiti. The AKA Emerging Young Leaders also assisted with the city clean up.
Other Clean Up activities are still in the works. Anyone interested in assisting with the Clean Up effort for Cannaan Circle should contact Community Housing Team Member Toby Moore at (706) 817-6011.
“We were very pleased with the response to the Housing Team’s call for volunteers to help clean up Greensboro,” says Greensboro Better Hometown Director and Community Housing Team Member, Cail Hammons. “In fact, we are still receiving phone calls from community organizations that would like to participate. We expect to have more Clean Up events in the future,” explains Hammons.
The Greensboro Community Housing Team was formed in 2012 to address housing challenges within the city of Greensboro. The team is made up of volunteers from across the community and seeks to improve housing conditions in Greensboro with technical assistance from the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing. You can learn more about Greensboro’s Community Housing efforts online at www.greensborocommunityhousing.com.