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Local Volunteer Group Cleans Erie Parks, Neighborhoods

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"ServErie," a volunteer group from a team of local churches, expanded its ranks recently to launch a major cleanup of Erie parks and neighborhoods.
   
It was a big helping hand and it came from a couple hundred churches who have signed on to prepare for the Franklin Graham "Rock the Lakes Erie" event coming in late September.
     
Last weekend, 550 volunteers joined "ServErie" to make a difference in the community.
   
They fanned out to spruce up 35 parks in the city of Erie, painting benches, planting flowers, getting rid of graffiti, and even filling in holes to make park property safer.
         
Erie mayor Joe Sinnott and other city staff got involved too. Everyone's impressed with what was accomplished in a day.

"If you go out and look at all the parks, you see how much nicer they look. It's a lot of work in a very short period of time, which we don't have the opportunity to get done on a regular basis, so we very much appreciate all the folks that came out and did this work," says Sinnott.

"We want to break down all the barriers between people in helping this community and to remove any excuses, and to just allow a practical easy way for people to serve and get engaged," says pastor Derrick Sanford. 
  
Sanford says many people want to help Erie with its problems of poverty and violence, but don't know where to begin.
    
"ServErie" and "Rock the Lakes" want the community to know they don't just want to talk about a message of hope, but to show it.

On July 26, they will launch an east-west day of service from Girard Alliance and East Lake Road Alliance churches.          
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