ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Anyone who drove around central Albany on Saturday may have noticed a little less trash. That's because community leaders and other volunteers were hard at work to fight the blight.
Raking and weeding in the south Georgia heat was what some volunteers spent their day doing to help the city of Albany in its community cleanup.
Anthony Branch was out doing just that. He wanted to help clean the city he loves.
"I think a clean view creates a positive attitude. It draws you to it in a sense. You wouldn't want to come over here and see all the weeds. It's kind of a scary place," said Branch.
Students at Turner Job Corporation dedicated their Saturday morning as well.
"We want to show that we care about the community, we participate we want to interact, and we want the community to come interact with us as well," said Beth Brown, Turner Job Corps Community Liaison.
The Albany Police Department and other community partners helped out, but city manager Sharon Subadan says more involvement will go a long way.
"I would have liked to see more community members here partnering with us," said Subadan.
Subadan remains optimistic. The event was only the beginning of a six-month fight the blight initiative in central Albany.
"We will actively promote any future efforts to make sure we get as much participation as we can," said Subadan.
One day of volunteering can go a long way.
"I would like to see more citizens coming out, especially in your own neighborhood. Come out and support trying to make the world a better place not only for you but for everyone around," said Branch.
If you couldn't make it Saturday but want to be a part of Fight Albany Blight, it's not too late.
You can contact Albany Transportation Planner Kim Davis at (229) 438-3920 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.