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Taking It to the Streets plans to clean up Flint Saturday

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FLINT (WJRT) - (06/06/14) - Hundreds of volunteers are expected to clean up and beautify Flint on Saturday.

The program is called Taking it to the Streets.

For the second year in a row, this program will be cleaning up neighborhoods, boarding up abandoned houses, passing out boxes of groceries and planting gardens.

Organizers feel their work can make a difference.

"The resources aren't there anymore. And this is part of being the church, go out to help rebuild the community," said Rev. Dave Leineke, of Charity United Methodist Church.

One way to do that is to send a small an army of volunteers to clean up Flint streets.

"Right now, we have upwards of 400 and we're looking to get 1,000 volunteers. Come down, you get a nice T-shirt," Leineke said.

Part of the strategy calls for workers to operate a small fleet of lawnmowers to knock down weeds that are swallowing sidewalks. Neighbors love it.

"They say you've got the weed equipment. If you knock the weeds down, we maintain it with our lawn mowers," said Doug May, of Charity United Methodist Church.

One hundred and fifty boxes full of groceries will be handed out to hungry families.

"We have a food give away at Rocky's Outdoor World on Saginaw Street as well. He's been good enough to let us use the parking lot," Leineke said.

Gardens will be created in a number of locations. Organizers say all that effort will be good for Flint.

"It just needs to be done. I think if we all work together we can change the image of Flint," Leineke said.

Does it make a difference?

"Yes, it does. One yard at a time," May said.

Registration for Taking it to the Streets starts at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, June 7 at the Flat Lot in downtown Flint. At 8:30 a.m., MTA buses will take volunteers to project sites. At noon, a Kids Fest with a bounce house and face painting will be held at the Flat Lot.

Anyone can volunteer for Saturday's project. Just show up at the Flat Lot.

Many of the volunteers are coming from United Methodist Churches in Detroit, Ann Arbor and Saginaw.
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