In memory of Dr. MLK, The League of Young Voters in GA decided to be of service to all mankind and contribute to improving a community. City Council member Cleta Winslow of District 4 along with several churches and organizations coordinated a two day clean up for “The Pittsburgh Community”, an impoverished, drug-infested, prostitution-populated and high risk home invasion neighborhood.
The Community Cleanup produced over forty volunteers that completed landscape beautification operations such as raking leaves, shoveling ice from sidewalks, picking up debris, and cutting down shrubs & bushes. Some of the most frequent items I bagged up to be discarded were cigarette boxes, needles, potato chip bags, used condoms, and juice cartons.
During the debrief one resident stated, “improving the appearance was the key to changing the negative reputation associated with the Pittsburgh community.” The 30 year Pittsburgh community native emphasized that “new property investors, banks and business were turned away from helping the community expand because of how poorly it looked.” He told a heart breaking story of how one of the local grocery stores had recently sold him Bologna that was over six months old; he did not realize the product was outdated until after he returned home.
The League Of Young Voters Education Fund will actively be involved in the Pittsburgh Community’s improvement and will host several voter registration drives.