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ROCKFORD (WREX) - Today the United Way of Rock River Valley organized a neighborhood cleanup with YMCA Rock River Valley Achievers program for the new Strong Neighborhoods House in Midtown District.

YMCA Achievers met at the Strong Neighborhoods House and proceeded to canvas surrounding streets, picking up debris and trash.

Ashley Burks, United Way Community Impact Manager, says, "We are cleaning up this neighborhood to prepare for the opening of our new Strong Neighborhoods House and to let residents know that we are here to serve them. We can start that process by building relationships by helping them clean up their neighborhood." 

The neighborhood cleanup is a part of United Way's Strong Neighborhood initiative, which is improving Ellis Heights and Midtown District by empowering neighborhood residents to solve community challenges.

The Strong Neighborhoods Houses are community-based houses designed to bring resources closer to residents and implement programming that serves the neighbors. Tuesday's cleanup looks to encourage youth to be involved in their community and prepare residents for the opening of the Strong Neighborhoods House.

For more information about the Strong Neighborhood Houses click here.

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