The partnership of Best Start Watts/Willowbrook recently came together to host a Community Pride and Beautification Day in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The event gave residents of the Watts and Willowbrook communities an opportunity to come together to create a cleaner and safer environment for their families to enjoy.
Volunteers, families, and residents all convened at George Washington Carver Park in Willowbrook. Rakes, shovels, anti-dust masks, and reflective safety vests were distributed to ensure safety.
“It was a great day of showing that we care about our communities of Watts and Willowbrook and passion for community service in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr,” said Ken Carson, Best Start Watts/Willowbrook leadership member and chairman of the Community Pride and Beautification Day planning committee.
More than fifty families, friends, and partners contributed their time including Sen. Maxine Waters and U.S Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán. Sen. Waters shared some empowering words during the lunch program recognizing the commitment it takes to take pride in the community.
“There is nothing more demonstrative or relative to what you care about in your community than cleaning it up and that is what you are doing today,” said Sen. Maxine Waters. “If you love your community and you care about it, not only would you clean it up, you would stop your community from dirtying it up. When we are empowered to do that little kids learn and stay with it.”
The event kicked-off at 8:00 AM, volunteers received a safety training before making their way to clean up locations near the park, including the underpass of the 105 freeway. Volunteers collected numerous bags containing cigarette butts, plastic bottles, clothes, and other debris.
The Community Pride and Beautification Day event provided community members with an opportunity to network and foster relationships with one another and encouraged them to work towards a more sustainable community.
For more information about keeping the community clean and to report illegal dumping, call 311 or use the MYLA 311 app. For more information about Best Start Watts/Willowbrook, contact Elia Verduzco at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Watts/Willowbrook Facebook Page @WattsWillowbrook.