Approximately 3,700 empty or vacant homes and businesses will be getting a much needed sprucing up this spring.
Last year, the creators of Dayton Inspires broke the record for the largest cleanup effort in Dayton history with the help of 400 University of Dayton student volunteers. The Church of Greater Dayton and the City of Dayton’s The Living City Project are joining to help reach this year’s goal to clean over 25 neighborhoods.
The 2019 City Wide Clean Up will go from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 6, and will end in an after party including food and drinks.
The mission of Dayton Inspires is to shift the perception of Dayton.
“We aim to inspire community, recognize and share culture, and unite people across the city in proudly calling Dayton home,” according to its website.
In 2017, Mayor Nan Whaley recognized Dayton Inspires during her State of the City address after the campaign that included 3,600 volunteer hours, and cleanup of 66 tons of trash. Last year was even bigger and this year, Dayton Inspires hopes to make even more of a difference.
“The previous cleanups have been a tremendous success, and have empowered those in the community to continue to take pride in their neighborhood and keep Dayton clean,” said Matthew Sliver, founder of Dayton Inspires.