Friday, April 8, 2011

Latinos to clean Charlotte streets

Hundreds of Latinos, armed with litter sticks and garbage bags, will hit the streets Saturday to help clean the city.

Some 500 volunteers are expected to take part in the sixth annual citywide cleanup organized by Jesus Ministry. Maudia Melendez, head of the non-profit that works with immigrant communities, says the event is intended to help create awareness in the Latino community about American culture and combat negative stereotypes.

"We believe that everybody should give a little bit to the city where we live," she said. "We also want to raise awareness in our communities that we need to keep our city clean."

Melendez said that Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful and the Mexican Consulate will be supporting the event.

On Saturday, teams of volunteers will be dispatched to more than a sixteen streets and major city roadways, including Elizabeth Avenue, Eastway Drive, Harris Boulevard, Sugar Creek Parkway, and South Boulevard, among others.

"This is something that everyone should do," Melendez said.

Volunteers will be gathering at 8 a.m. Saturday at Statesville Road Baptist Church. For more information, contact Jesus Ministry at (704) 532-8703 or email

File photo: Dana Romanoff for the Charlotte Observer

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