Volunteers clean graffiti, trash from Indy streets

Program focuses on different areas of town

INDIANAPOLIS - Several Indianapolis neighborhoods are a little cleaner thanks to the Great Indy Cleanup program that kicked off Saturday afternoon.

The city, nonprofit groups and volunteers all committed resources to help Indianapolis look a little better than it did before.

Volunteers stripped graffiti, picked up trash and pulled weeds from city streets.

Organizers said it was spring cleaning with a community purpose, and the results were measurable with every bag of garbage and bundle of weeds cleaned from city parks and streets.

“This morning, when we started here, that fence line was a thicket full of honeysuckle. Now it’s all gone. We’ve got graffiti on benches, picnic tables and a shelter here that is now gone that should never have been there in the first place and we’ve painted over it,” said Joseph Jarzen of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful.

Residents on the city’s east side took notice of the volunteer time and talents put forth by some Indiana University medical students.

Philip Jackson was one grateful homeowner who wasn't able to remove the weeds on his own.

“Since I’m getting older, I don’t have the energy to get out there and do as much as I used to, and so yeah, for these young people to come around and do this is a really big help for me,” Jackson said.

“We just want people to have more pride in their houses, and a lot of these people aren’t able to get out and clean and make their houses look pretty, “ said volunteer Jessica Ebinger.

The houses and streets are what make a city into a community, and after Saturday, that community is a little bit cleaner.

The Great Indy Cleanup program will focus on different areas of town throughout the month.

Find out how to get involved here.

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