‘Hands on Neighborhoods’ Clean Up Initiative Kicks Off This Weekend

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JAMESTOWN – A campaign aiming to clean up neighborhoods in Jamestown kicks off this weekend.

A collection of organized clean up efforts part of ‘Hands on Neighborhoods’ starts Saturday in the area between North Main and Washington Streets.

The program runs through October with seven clean ups targeting various neighborhoods throughout Jamestown each Saturday of the month.

Coordinated by the Chautauqua County Land Bank, Executive Director Gina Paradis, says that the long-term goal is to make the initiative a permanent program.

“We really want this to be more of a program than just an event, or seven events in this case,” Paradis said. “We want the program to help empower community members to build a sense of community pride.”

In the first year, the program will be focused in Jamestown, but Paradis hopes to extend it to other areas in the county.

She wants to highlight collaboration between the city departments, the civic organizations, and the land bank, which helps people deal with problems in real estate caused by bankruptcy or foreclosure.

Volunteers can sign up for Saturday’s event online at chqlandbank.org/handson. Health protocols like mask wearing will be followed at the events.


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