David Meyers, health and wellness officer from Albuquerque Fire Rescue, said on Saturday, Sept. 24, a citywide cleanup and restoration project is asking folks to pitch in and help make their surrounding neighborhoods look great.
As of late, trash and overgrown weeds have been a concern in the city, and organizers hope for people to not only imagine a cleaner city but to make strides in volunteering to make the metro a cleaner and better place for everyone to enjoy.
Meyers said in a presentation to the city council the project aims to be an annual event the last Saturday of September to “empower, encourage, and inspire an entire community and look at what we did as a community and society,” Meyers said. “People are upset, they’re disheartened and on edge, some are even angry, and in a lot of ways anger is the correct response to so much going on. My hope would be that we can channel that energy into something restorative. At the risk of being vulnerable, I suffer from debilitating anxiety and depression, but there’s nothing that gets me out of my head faster than being of service to other people.”
He said the city could really use a moral boost and if people can use the genius that is the “big-city/small-town mentality” of Albuquerque, everyone can come together to uplift an entire community.
From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., “The representatives of Albuquerque Fire Rescue along with leaders in our community will take it upon themselves to roll up their collective sleeves, grab some rakes, shovels, trash bags, paint brushes, and leave this place better than how we found it,” the organization’s site said.
Supplies are needed and can be donated to any local fire station, which include trash bags, gloves, grabbers, tools and spray paint. The project is also looking for mural artists to spruce up some areas.
People can RSVP at imagineabq.com and use #IMAGINEABQ to share photos of their hauls.