RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Make a Difference Day is a nation-wide day of community service. The national event was October 26, but since that was Nevada Day weekend local clean-ups happened Saturday.
About 30 people volunteered at Hilltop Park, giving back by cleaning up.
"We all take great pride in the places where we live work and play, and the city resources are very tight," said Reno City Councilwoman Neoma Jardon. "It's going to take these kind of collaborations for us to effectively address these ongoing issues."
Jardon said one of the biggest issues in her ward is graffiti.
"There was a very large tag on a piece of the concrete and it took four people about 30 minutes to scrub it off," she said. "We've been focusing on a lot of the graffitti in the dugout areas of the park, in the area on the concrete and on some of the pillars and the walls."
Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful Project Leader Dale Doerr said this clean-up isn't just good for the parks, it's also good for the kids who are volunteering.
"It teaches them about helping, taking pride in the community, as well as things like graffitti removal," he said. "So that, you know, they're not doing it themselves and they see what the effect is."
Hundreds of volunteers are showing that pride by cleaning and painting across the Truckee Meadows.
"This is basically our residents and community members taking back our communities," Jardon said.
"If everybody does a little bit it makes a big deal," Doerr said.
Doerr said you don't have to participate in a clean-up day to help. There are small things you can do every day.
"If folks came out and maybe they bring a litter bag with them and just picked up some litter in the park, it would make a big difference if everybody did it," Doerr said.
If you couldn't make it out to the event but you want to help, Jardon said you should download the free Report2Gov app
. You can report graffiti and other clean up projects to the city using your smartphone.
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