Village Green Clean Up Initiative

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Updated: Mon, 09 Sep 2013 10:50:19 EST

A Macon non-profit organization tries to restore a Bloomfield neighborhood Saturday as part of a clean-up initiative.

The Austin Smith Center for Development along with more than 40 volunteers wandered the streets in the Village Green area picking up trash to kick off its 5x5 program. The organization wants to revitalize 5 blocks in 5 weeks. This includes mowing lawns and picking up furniture in front of abandoned homes.

"We're going to work with them to get it manageable and get this neighborhood looking great again," event coordinator Frank Austin said.

The Austin Smith Center for Development is the leadership for the Village Green Shalom Zone, which looks to better the community through housing, education, health and economic development.  In addition to cleaning up blighted homes, a community garden will be planted across the street from Burghard Elementary School.

The organization and volunteers will meet every Saturday until October 5 at Church of God, 5609 Bloomfield Rd at 9 a.m.

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