Keep Hopewell Beautiful is working to clean up their city

HOPEWELL, Va. (WRIC) — A volunteer organization is working to make a difference by sprucing up the streets of their community.

8News reporter Aaron Thomas shows us how the group is working to keep Hopewell beautiful.

About once a month, resident Johnny Partin assembles a team of volunteers to clean specific areas of Hopewell.

Johnny Partin, Chairman of Keep Hopewell Beautiful

“I wanted to be involved in the community,” Partin said. “I wanted to be the change that I wanted to see.”

As a result, he started the Keep Hopewell Beautiful Initiative, and along with more than a dozen other volunteers is working to the city one street at a time.

8News spoke with Julia Bailey, another volunteer about the group.

Julia Bailey, Keep Hopewell Beautiful volunteer

“I think it has made a huge difference with little areas that are known for collecting debris and trash,” Bailey said.

So far, volunteers have collected 4,500 pounds of trash throughout the city.

They have also worked on beautification projects, planting more than 100 flowers and about 10 trees. Bailey said she enjoys seeing her community in action.

“We’re making progress and doing good things,” Bailey said. “So, that really makes me proud of my town.”

A majority of the volunteers happen to be youngsters. The youngest in the bunch is only 4-years-old.

“We’re the next generation,” Bailey said. “It’s important to teach them young how important it is to help out your community.”

Volunteers look forward to others in the community getting on board.

“This is an organization that doesn’t require a lot of sophisticated work experience,” Partin said. “It takes heart and it just takes someone who’s willing to put in a couple of hours a month.”

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