Atlanta, GA (CBS46) Before branching out to clean up the neighborhood, 200 volunteers gathered at the CT Martin Recreation Center in southwest Atlanta for a pep talk ahead of a day of cleaning.

The volunteers spent several hours picking up trash all over Atlanta.

“Parts that sometime get neglected,” said volunteer Angela Rocca.

Members of the Department of Corrections and Atlanta Fire and Rescue were also on hand to help.

“It gives them more visibility, more presence in the neighborhoods in which they serve,” Rocca said.

The volunteers cleaned up 11 separate locations. Reporter Ashley Thompson followed one group to a site near Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway and North Grand where helpers picked up all kinds of trash including tires and old clothing.

World Mission Society Church of God has been organizing the clean up days for years to beautify the city and help reduce crime.

“We’re trying to prevent crime in the neighborhood by making the area more clean,” said volunteer Ashley Thomas.

Council member Andrea L. Boone said it was important for her to get her hands dirty and clean up the areas she represents.

“They care about their community,” she said. “They want to be a part and this is a way that everyone can participate.”

At the last day of cleaning 300 bags of trash were picked up. The group hopes to match that this year.

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