It's the final week of Safe Yakima Valley's Graffiti Be Gone Campaign. If there's one thing we've learned, it's that dedicated volunteers make all the difference.
YAKIMA, WA - It's the final week of Safe Yakima Valley's Graffiti Be Gone Campaign. If there's one thing we've learned, it's that dedicated volunteers make all the difference.
You think its bad now? Imagine what graffiti would be like in the City of Yakima if volunteers didn't offer their time and services cleaning it up. A fair amount of these dedicated volunteers you see are members of Yakima's Foursquare Church.
"One of the things I believe is that either you're going to be a part of the problem or you're going to be a part of the solution," said Pastor Mark Grange. "So we just believe our greatest asset is our people."
"To be able to be an example and just go out there instead of constantly complaining about what could be done or what needs to be done," said Heather Ivarsen.
Yakima Foursquare Church has been committed to improving the community for more than 20 years. Volunteers devote their time each week to cleaning up what they say is a spreading problem.
"It's not something that you see just in one spot anymore either," said Ivarsen. "I've noticed it's out in the West Valley community, East Valley. It's all over the place."
"It's easy to drive through and pay attention to yourself, and not recognize it," said Pastor Grange. "But when you're really brought into a place that you do look around, there's a lot of graffiti."
Volunteers also said that when they work on a project, it attracts bystanders. It doesn't take long until neighbors are either pitching in or starting to do their own little project to make Yakima look more beautiful.
You can be a part of the solution this Saturday, April 12th. The church is meeting in the Albertson's parking lot on 16th Avenue at 8:30 a.m.
Just bring some gloves, and they'll provide you with all the other tools needed to clean graffiti.