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‘Gettin’ Dirty’ project targets Buffalo neighborhoods

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Students carry out lawn debris during the "Gettin' Dirty" cleanup project. Photo: Steve Morse

By CHARLES ANZALONE

Published April 15, 2013

“I’m always pleasantly surprised by the interest and involvement of our students in giving back to the community.”
Linwood Roberts, Neighborhood Outreach Coordinator
Office of Government and Community Relations

Hundreds of UB students fanned out with paint brushes and shovels throughout Buffalo’s Fruit Belt and other neighborhoods on April 6 as part of the university’s ‘Gettin’ Dirty’ project to help clean local gardens, parks and other community gathering spots.

The students, all of whom volunteered their time, worked at 16 locations—six around the South Campus and 10 around the Downtown Campus—to paint, repair and clean neighborhood sites.

UB students have volunteered to help spruce up neighborhood sites for several years. This year’s volunteer corps was especially interested in showing how university students can contribute to being good neighbors for residents living near UB students and facilities.

Students took on a on a variety of projects, including painting churches, houses, cleaning debris, sweeping sidewalks and spring gardening.

“I’m always pleasantly surprised by the interest and involvement of our students in giving back to the community,” says Linwood Roberts, neighborhood outreach coordinator.

Tools were provided by the University Heights Tool Library. The event was sponsored by the Office of Government and Community Relations in collaboration with the UB student government.