Cleaning up Muskegon Heights: 'A community I love'

It started out as a plan to fix one rundown home in Muskegon Heights, but now the drive to take back the community has snowballed into a volunteer organization.

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, MICH. - It started out as a plan to fix one rundown home in Muskegon Heights, but now the drive to take back the community has snowballed into a volunteer organization.

Edward Viverette remembers what this place looked like when he was a kid.

"I'm a graduate of 1983 class and my family still lives here and my friends still live here," Viverette said.

Specifically, his childhood home.

"It's a community I love and was raised up and I think I can do a little bit to help the community," Viverette said.

That's why the Michigan State Police lieutenant came back to his roots to clean up his neighborhood.

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"My dad was telling me about it, we saw it online and we decided to come out here and help," Viverette said "It's always been a safe and secure city for us, and if I could come back and lend a hand and help my dad feel a little bit better about his community and his neighborhood, I'm willing to give a hand."

Although he now lives on the east side of the state, his father still lives here in hub six.

"Hub six consists of Dyson to Getty, and Hackley to Keating," organizer Helen Anderson Williams said. "I drew a map. If we do five streets, two blocks, it's 42 hubs."

With the determination to change the area's stigma.

"When you label a certain neighborhood, a certain city it's just so unfair and so untrue to the neighbors that want to make a difference," Anderson Williams said.

"Just like anything else, you go into a nice restaurant, you see that it's nice and clean you'll want to eat there and actively participate. This city is the same way, if its nice and clean you'll want to get outside and participate," Viverette said.

While building community with each other.

"Give me five, let's do it again in April," Anderson Williams said.

"Give Me Five" will happen twice a year in Muskegon Heights. The next volunteer clean-up day is on the last Saturday in April. 

(© 2016 WZZM)


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