OUTLOOK, Wash. -- Community clean-ups are one tool local neighborhoods are using to combat gang violence.
Outlook is the small community near Sunnyside where last year a deputy was shot, it's been plagued by gang violence and the community is tired of it.
Around 30 people combed the alleys and streets of Outlook Saturday picking-up trash and clearing weeds. Everything from needles to broken glass was taken away. The project is a collaboration between the Yakima County Sheriff's Office, the Northwest Community Action Center and Outlook schools. It's all an effort to instill a sense of community pride and create a safe place for children.
"The whole school idea it starts at home and the environment area needs to be cleaned so they can feel safe, so they can feel secure, healthy and they can be ready to learn when school starts up," said Petra Morales, organizer, Stand-up for Outlook.
This is the second community clean-up event, the first was held back in April. After the clean-up volunteers were treated to a bar-b-que lunch. They hauled away less trash Saturday compared to the first event, meaning the community has kept many of the areas clean.