Volunteers give Logan Neighborhood major spring cleaning

Volunteers give Logan Neighborhood major spring cleaning

April is Spokane Gives month, a month dedicated to volunteering and giving in our area.

It’s also that time of year to do some spring cleaning, and on Saturday, Spokane’s Logan Neighborhood cleaned up in a big way.

People who live in the Logan Neighborhood had the opportunity to dump all their unwanted trash and junk off for free, thanks to some eager volunteers.

A line stretched around the block on Saturday for hours as people came to drop off their trash at the Fourth Memorial Church.

“It’s good for the neighborhood because you go around and see some of the houses see the debris in the backyards or the front yards,” said Alex Meyer, who lives in the neighborhood and was dropping off a truckload of trash. “This is good the community is doing this.”

This is the third year that volunteers from the church, the Logan Neighborhood Council, Gonzaga, and Moody Bible Institute have helped neighbors do some spring cleaning.

“We really want to have a clean, safe, and healthy neighborhood and this helps give them an opportunity to get rid of their stuff,” said Hazel Jackson with the Logan Neighborhood Council.

“I’m amazed at how many people showed up today,” volunteer Sean Mallone said. “There’s a huge line of trucks that are absolutely loaded with trash and it wraps around the block and more trucks keep coming. We’ve filled up these huge dumpsters a couple times already and it just keeps coming.”

Volunteers like Sean also went out into the neighborhood to help people with disabilities or without transportation.

“[One resident’s] side yard and her whole backyard just covered in trash, just heaps and piles of it and we were able to clear out almost all of it,” Mallone said. “So now her yard isn’t an eyesore and now she can actually do things with it and it can look nice again and new things can grow.”

And Fourth Memorial Church says this event is meant to bless the community, but it seemed like a blessing for the volunteers as well.

“When you get out and start working side by side with neighbors like this, you just build relationships and comradery,” said Earnest Stukes with First Memorial Church. “It’s just awesome. I just love it.”

After Saturday, organizers and volunteers hope the neighborhood will be a little cleaner, and the neighbors a little closer.