JAMESTOWN – A program highlighting neighborhood cleanup efforts in Jamestown is expanding across Chautauqua County.
“This used to be called Hands On Jamestown, and it has been passed on through several different hands,” explained Neighborhood Project Director Mary Maxwell. “And has ended up with the Land Bank of Chautauqua County.”
Previously known as “Hands on Jamestown”, last year the Chautauqua County Land Bank, in partnership with the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation, rebranded the yearly occurrence to “Hand On Neighborhoods” in an effort to pave the way for expansion.
“We’re gonna organize this for downtown, but the same day if people in the neighborhoods want to do their own thing in their own neighborhoods, they are welcome to do that,” stated Maxwell.
This year on Saturday, May 21 volunteers will once again hit the streets of Jamestown to clean up, picking up things like trash leftover from the winter season.
The event will also give residents a chance to speak directly with local officials.
“The Parks Department has been coming, the Police Department, the Department of Public Works, the Fire Department, and the Department of Development have all been to the committee meetings,” Maxwell explained.
While this month’s event is the only one on the books at the moment, Maxwell says expansion is on the horizon, but she needs help from the community to get the inactive going.
“The Land Bank would like to take this program all over the county,” stated Maxwell. “They practiced on Jamestown, so they have something called Hands On Neighborhoods/Jamestown, and they kind of worked out all the kinks with us, and they’re going to take it up to Dunkirk to do the same thing.”
Those interested in helping out are asked to meet up outside of City Hall starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 21. The effort runs through noon, with various supplies provided at the downtown spot. For more information visit chqlandbank.org/handson.