Jacksonville church volunteers clean up city parks

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Volunteers took part in a cleanup of two Jacksonville city parks this weekend.

In partnership with the city’s parks and recreation department, members of World Mission Society Church of God on Sunday cleaned up May Mann Jennings Park and John N. McPherson Park on the Northside.

The cleanup, which took place from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, was part of a global effort to maintain our natural resources and bring about positive change.

“It’s been a challenging year. It still is,” said Vanessa Singleton, a member of the church. “So we wanted to bring good news, to bring joy to the people of this community. So a lot of people are losing hope, but we want to instill hope in them.”

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Volunteers clean up Sunday at John N. McPherson Park. (WJXT)

This voluntary cleanup marked the 6,442nd global cleanup as part of the worldwide campaign, according to the church, which says multiple studies have shown there’s a direct link between the cleanliness of communities and reductions in crime.

“This is our first cleanup in Jacksonville in 2021,” said Singleton.

“So yeah, definitely when we have these cleanups, you know, not only our members like to join, but also we’re inviting the community as well. They wanna unite and help us make this place a better place, they can,” said Pierre Revenge, a member of the church.

“In spite of the current pandemic, through this cleanup, the hope is to create a real change in the community and to bring smiles and joy to our neighbors,” the church said in an announcement Thursday.

Those interested in taking part in cleanup events like this effort are encouraged to reach out to the church directly. To learn more, send an email to miamiadmin@zionusa.org.

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