Community coalition partners with city for neighborhood clean-up


VICTORIA, Texas – At least 70 volunteers came together Saturday morning to make a southside neighborhood cleaner.

“It was a great morning,” said Kim Pickens, director of the Humility Project, a homeless outreach project.

The Southside Community Coalition partnered with the City of Victoria to organize the neighborhood clean-up.

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Volunteers were asked to meet at Mumphord’s BBQ off Juan Linn Street and worked between 8 a.m. and noon Saturday.

Several departments from the City of Victoria took part.

There are plans to have similar clean-up days in other parts of Victoria.

Volunteers worked in eight different areas and targeted 17 to 20 houses that had asked for extra assistance.

“We were pretty much done with all the big jobs by 10 a.m.,” said Bethany Castro, secretary of the Southside Community Coalition. “Then we focused on litter pick-up until about 11 a.m and dispersed.”

Pickens was also pleased to see Victoria City councilman Dr. Andrew Young was among the volunteers. Councilwoman Jan Scott and Mayor Rawley McCoy also were volunteering during the cleanup. In addition, there were plenty of city staff and other organizations participating including Be Well Victoria and Victoria East High School students. City staff also went door-to-door to assist residents with smoke detector supplies and installations, as well as educated them about city services, including free library cards, where they can not only get access to reading literature but also free WiFi.

Pickens was joined by her sons during the clean-up.

“What a great way to meet our neighbors and do something good at the same time,” Pickens wrote in a social media post. “We left Victoria a little better than we found it.”