Residents clean up streets of Downtown Grants Pass

The streets of Downtown Grants Pass are now cleaner, with the help of a group of volunteers who participated in the city's Annual Clean Up Day on Saturday. (Jennevieve Fong / News 10)

The streets of Downtown Grants Pass are now cleaner, with the help of a group of volunteers who participated in the city's Annual Clean Up Day on Saturday.

"This is nice to see that it brings the community together and it makes Grants Pass a better place," Experience Grants Pass employee Kate Bortells said. "All of a sudden, you see all your neighbors show up. Before you know it, everybody's picking up garbage."

Many of the volunteers are helping as a part of Serve Grants Pass, a collaboration of local churches dedicated to serving the community. Together, their goal is to spruce up the downtown area for the upcoming summer season.

Bortells said she was surprised to see how many people showed up to the clean up.

"It was a huge amount that was picked up," Bortells said. "It's amazing how much trash flows around. It's not necessarily people throwing the garbage out. If people just take the time and the effort to do it, it just makes Grants Pass sparkle."

Previous Serve Grants Pass events have brought 2,000 volunteers together from 25 different churches, helping the community with clean ups, planting and landscaping.

This year, the volunteer organization will help build 20 beds for local kids in need through Sleep in Heavenly Peace.

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