TOLEDO, July 12, 2024: In an effort to continue community spirit, community members and supporters of the Old South End and the surrounding community came together for a two-day clean-up aimed at beautifying the neighborhood. Held on May 30 from 2-4 pm and again on June 1, from 9 am to 12 pm, the initiative saw enthusiastic participation from a diverse group of volunteers.

The first session kicked off on a sunny Thursday afternoon. Individuals, ranging from young children to seniors came equipped with gloves, trash bags, and a strong desire to make a difference. The focus was on the main streets and alleyways of Broadway, Field St., Western and parts of South Street. The momentum continued on Saturday morning near St. Peter and Paul Church and the surrounding neighborhood.

The clean-up was organized by the Sofia Quintero Art and Cultural Center and the Catholic Foresters, and supported by the COT Dept. of Neighborhoods and Keep Toledo Lucas County Beautiful. This joint effort not only enhanced the appeal of the neighborhood but also fostered a strong sense of community. Together the group collected over 40 tires, over a dozen items such as of refrigerators, washers, dryers. Over another dozen set of mattresses and dresser. At least a half of dumpster of old fencing, wood and construction materials and over 30 bags of smaller trash. Residents also supported the clean up by personally dropping off additional items.

“The energy and dedication we saw over these two days were truly inspiring,” said Taylor Burciaga.

Plans are already underway for future clean-up events, probably another one this August and/or September. The success of this initiative is a testament to the power of community collaboration and the positive impact it can have on our shared spaces.