Meadowbrook Park Cleanup Brings City Workers and Community Together

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Local nonprofit Stronger Together Now has been fostering a sense of pride and community involvement by hosting bi-weekly trash cleanups throughout the Inland Empire. The Meadowbrook creek cleanup and graffiti removal on March 23 was the second time STN has partnered with Arrowhead United away to perform acts of service in the heart of San Bernardino City. 

 Joe Baca Jr. was in attendance and told volunteers that their pride in the city is the grassroots engagement needed to change the mindsets of other residents. 

Many organizations, including Sistas Making a difference, So Cal Trash Army, The Young Samoa, Ruby Raes Down Yonder, as well as Ernesto Salinas, San Bernardino's Public Works department manager, also participated.

Stronger Together Now co-founder, Kai King, said on the organization's Instagram, "It was a collective effort and we got a lot done in a short amount of time. I think this was the best cleanup that we've done yet."

King expressed gratitude for all who participated saying, "Your efforts are greatly appreciated. Every participant, we thank you for your time and your passion in wanting to improve the Inland Empire. This is how we will be stronger together."

To volunteer with future cleanup efforts, or to become a vendor or volunteer for their Juneteenth celebration at Sylvan Park in Redlands, visit Stronger Together's Instagram, @strongertogethernow_ie, or https://www.strongertogethernow.online.

STN co-founder Janelle Guerrero contributed to this story.

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