LIMA — A clean neighborhood is an inviting neighborhood and members of the Faurot West Neighborhood Association were armed with plenty of plastic bags and tongs as they went around Saturday cleaning up their neighborhood.
“We want to make it nice and clean and bright and do our spring cleaning outside first and then just have a good start to the spring,” said Catheryn Sarno, vice president of the association. “I think it’s really important just to have a clean environment, the kids need to play outside with a clean environment around them. They don’t need cigarette butts to roll around with; they don’t need dog feces; they don’t need, you know all these toxins around them. The trash in neighborhoods devalues homes. It makes people think that we don’t care about our neighborhood. We do care about this neighborhood.”
Association president Kristi Hurley says the cleanup event is important to them and the neighborhood.
“I think part of bettering your community is making it look nice, picking up trash and making the roads look better and the streets look better,” Hurley said.
Association treasurer Kitty Hanz was excited to start working.
“We can help people feel like they want the neighborhood to stay clean. But probably more important is that we get around to see other neighbors and just greet them. Say hello. Let them know that there are people they can trust and that there are other people in the neighborhood that might be nice knowing and associating with,” Hanz said.
The event helps not only clean up the neighborhood but also to make their organization known to people in the neighborhood.
“When we see a new neighbor come in, we hand them the little welcome packet,” Sarno said. “It’s a bag. It has coupons from our restaurants and services around here, massage therapists, things like that. They give them a little discount, and we get to have everybody welcome them.
“I had one neighbor who moved in here and when I said ‘Welcome to the neighborhood’ and she said, ‘My whole life living in Lima, I’ve never had anybody welcome me to the neighborhood’, that was really sad. But we’ve become friends and we help each other. And so I think it’s vital to have a good community that knows each other,” Sarno said.
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