Department of Neighborhoods supports citizen-led cleanups through equipment loans and refuse pickup

The City’s Department of Neighborhoods offers a trailer stocked with supplies (lawnmowers, rakes, hedge trimmers, weed whackers, gloves, and garbage bags) that can be signed out by residents on Saturdays from 8 am to 1 pm. Citizens use the equipment and their own elbow grease to work on the projects they choose in their neighborhoods. The City then picks up any junk or debris resulting from the cleanup activity.

There are 12 Saturdays reserved each year for these clean ups. Saturdays are still available in August, September, and October. To schedule a volunteer-led cleanup with City provided equipment and refuse pickup, contact the Division of Code Enforcement at (419) 245-1400.

Last month an abandoned house across the Frederick Douglass Community Center was improved through this program with the support of volunteers from the Aurora House and the Toledo Fair Housing Center. Sixteen women worked for 2 ½ hours to transform a community eyesore into a visually appealing property.

The City strives to empower residents with information and resources to make our neighborhoods cleaner and safer. Programs such as this one, which put tools into volunteers hands and then clears away the debris clearly demonstrate that much more can be accomplished by working together.

Posted by Stacy Weber on Friday, July 22, 2016.