More than 100 volunteers took to the streets of downtown Logansport Saturday morning to sweep, rake and spruce during the city's annual Downtown Green & Clean Day.
Before setting out, the volunteers gathered at Logan's Landing, an organization representing the city's downtown that has sponsored the event for the past several years. Many of them sported green bandanas as they toted their rakes, shovels and bags and were separated into several groups representative of their families, churches, businesses or organizations.
One of the event's organizers and many of its participants said the event is an effective way to maintain and take possession of the city's downtown and strengthen familial bonds by passing these principles down to the community's youth.
Becki Harris, executive director of Logan's landing, illustrated this point by saying the event gives participants "a sense of ownership" of their downtown.
"I think it's everyone's neighborhood," Harris said.
"It seems like everyone is downtown at least a few times a week," she continued, offering examples like stopping at Logansport Municipal Utilities to pay a bill, swinging by their bank or going out to eat. "It seems like it belongs to everyone."
Harris added she enjoys seeing the several generations of families working alongside one another on Downtown Green & Clean Day and said it's an effective way to instill in kids the importance of volunteerism.
"What better way than to show them," she said. "Practicing what you preach, so to speak."
One of the families volunteering Saturday was made up of Clarica and Bruce DeForge and their sons John and Joseph.
The family had been wanting to do volunteer work for a while and saw Saturday's event as a perfect opportunity, Clarica DeForge said as she joined her husband and sons in sweeping a sidewalk not far from Logan's Landing.