By Anna McNeill
On Friday, May 23 around 20 volunteers’ could be seen throughout Harrison raking, washing windows, mowing and cleaning up local businesses.
The Michigan Works Region 7B participants and volunteers began their beautification project at 1 p.m. and wrapped up their seven different beautification projects around the city by 4 p.m.
Michigan Works Region 7B Planning, Marketing Coordinator, Kelli Nicholas was on scene keeping watch over the projects and volunteers.
Nicholas said that the main reason behind these beautification project is not only to make Harrison look presentable to the tourists coming up for the holiday weekend, but to also promote awareness for increased physical activity.
Volunteers washed windows and raked at Country Flowers, S&R Diner, Smokin’ Hott Tanning salon and the auto parts store. They raked and blew leaves out of the dugouts, City Park and fairgrounds, mowed at the community gardens across from the Library and cleaned between the Library and historical garage.
Nicholas explained that most of the businesses who benefited from the clean up were a few of the businesses that helped fund and donated items for the Michigan Work’s Community Garden, called the Garden of Journeys.
Volunteer Amanda Stephenson said that she and her significant other worked first on cleaning up and prepping the community garden and then made their ways over to help clean up Country Flowers, the tanning salon and auto parts store across from McDonalds.
Stephenson said that the garden has been her major project while working with Michigan Works.
“It’s a great project,” Stephenson said.
She explained that this garden produces fresh fruits and vegetables for locals who wish to eat fresh produce.
“It’s just good to know what all went into the food,” Stephenson said, “and not question how many hormones have gone into it.”
Nicholas said that this project was a great way to not only make Harrison beautiful, but it was also a way to raise awareness among the general public about getting more active with what the community has to offer, and it was a wonderful way for participants to get active.
This project was sponsored by the City of Harrison and Central Michigan Health Department.