- Faith & Family
Keeping the streets of Little Haiti clean is a task that many people aren’t ready to step up to. Recently, the Little Haiti Optimist Club (LHOC) held its second annual Little Haiti Keeping it Clean and Green event.
“Our goal was to beautify the Little Haiti area as well as educate the community on the importance of recycling and the use of green and energy efficient products,” said Marie Louissaint, president of LHOC. “Our volunteers went door to door to provide individuals with information on green and energy efficient products and 100 households received energy efficient light bulbs for their homes courtesy of Green Label, a local green company and member of LHOC.”
The LHOC is a non-profit organization that was established in 2010 by a group of business, community and civic leaders to provide assistance, guidance and programs to the youth of Little Haiti. Sixty-five volunteers participated in the day of giving back to the community. The volunteers cleaned up the area between NE 50th and 54th Streets.
“The majority of our volunteers assisted with the beautification of a home on 50th Street,” Louissaint said. “We beautified a home in the community by pressure cleaning the house, completing minor repairs and painting the exterior. We also provided the house with new grass and various plants and flowers as well as installed a new mailbox, house number, porch light and more.”
Louissaint also added that the LHOC would be having this clean up again next year.
“I believe in what LHOC is doing in the Little Haiti community and it was a pleasure taking part in their Keep It Clean and Green event once again,” said Marva Bradshaw, a volunteer at the event. “Besides the clean up, we pressure-cleaned and painted a home in the area for a family who was extremely gracious and appreciative. We also installed grass and planted trees and flowers, which brought the home to life. It was definitely worth losing sleep on a Saturday morning and I’m sure the neighbors were happy to see the renovations to their neighbors home! I’m definitely looking forward to next years event!”
By Randy Grice