Hundreds volunteer with the Downtown Committee to clean up downtown

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Earth Day is listed on the calendar as April 22, but spring cleaning continues across downtown Syracuse this weekend.

Regardless of the weather, more than 250 volunteers are planning on rolling up their sleeves with the Downtown Committee Saturday morning.

When the yearly event began 35 years ago, there were only about 40 volunteers. This year, the group of people is much larger and the care for the community is something for all ages.

Chuck McFadden, Director of Operations at the Downtown Committee of Syracuse said, “Every year it just grows and grows and grows. I actually tell the people who bring their young children how important it is that they know because we’re going to turn this world over to them someday, so we tell them how important it is that they come down and participate. People in our office bring their kids, it’s a whole family event.”

The Downtown Committee believes every day is earth day with year round efforts to keep the dowtown area litter free. Volunteers now receive a t-shirt, cleaning supplies and a free lunch. Cleaning will stretch from near City Hall to the Onondaga Creekwalk.

If you aren’t on the volunteer list for this weekend, you can still do your part in your neighborhood.

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