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So, you want to take back East Toledo from the transient renters, absentee landlords, negligent neighbors, thieves, vandals and drug pushers. Here’s your chance.

Three events, Global Youth Service Day, Get the Lead Out, and Initiative to Restore East Toledo are all about cleaning up and making others aware of safety and housing issues in the historic neighborhoods.

Initiative to Restore East Toledo meeting will be at 6 p.m. on March 31 at the Hungarian Club of Toledo, 224 Paine Avenue, with a presentation by Birmingham Development Corporation, One Voice for East Toledo, and Birmingham’s AmeriCorps member Kelly Dean. The plan is to engage and empower existing neighborhood leaders and identify new leaders in the Birmingham neighborhood.

The other two are the same day, April 16, and together they will take up the whole day, so get your gloves on. In the morning from 9 a.m. to noon, Global Youth Service day begins. One Voice chairman Jodi Gross says 25 teams have already signed up for the block by block effort, but more is needed.

Including a free lunch and downtown celebration on the United Way lawn, Global Youth Service Day is the largest annual youth service day in the world. The United Way Volunteer Center collaborates with youth, local agency partners, and companies in the greater Toledo area to promote healthy lifestyles, access to health care and hunger alleviation. Last year, more than 5,000 volunteers participated making Toledo the largest Global Youth Service Day event in the world.

Gross says on this side of town, One Voice is recruiting residents, church teams, school teams, business teams, and organization volunteers for the event. She can be reached at 419-691-1429, est. 213.

“We are encouraging all residents, adults, youth to get out and clean up litter and garbage from their block or several blocks in their neighborhood, and report problems,” Gross said. “We are looking for 350 to 400 volunteers from across East Toledo. We are already working with 25 teams that include schools, churches, organizations and cub scout, boy scout and girl scout groups and businesses, who are already cleaning up their area to get involved with our efforts.

“The more people we have cleaning up the bigger impact we can make,” Gross continued. “We can register the team. Volunteers can get a t-shirt and the team can get gloves and garbage bags to assist the team. We encourage teams to bring brooms, rakes and other yard tools as needed. We are encouraging our residents to identify problem properties and report issues to the city.”

Gross says issues can be called into the city at 419-936-2020 or 419-245-1400.

In the afternoon of the same day, Get the Lead Out is a free lead and education awareness event hosted by the East Toledo Family Center from 1-4 p.m. at 1020 Varland Ave. There will be free lead screening for children ages 7-17, free food demonstrations, raffles, free cleaning kit for your home, and lessons on making your own safe, healthy and environmentally green cleaning products. It is hosted by Toledoans United for Social Action (419-870-4365).



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