FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Around 5,000 mayors across the country go out into their communities once a year for a day of service.
Mayor Tom Henry joined volunteers at Klug Park Thursday morning to thank them for their efforts in cleaning up the park.
Wesley Pollard does volunteer work across the city, but Thursday was his first time getting his hands dirty with some outdoor volunteer work.
"I'm enjoying it so far," he said.
Pollard joined other volunteers in mulching and beautifying the park.
"There's a lot of negative stuff going on, but there needs to be more positive, so that's why I'm trying to be more positive and helping out," he said.
Mayor Tom Henry said while Klug is one of the smaller parks in Fort Wayne, it still needs to be cleaned up for the neighborhood kids, and contributes to the quality of life in Fort Wayne.
"There's no question, without volunteers in a community, particularly one our size, it would be extremely hard to offer the quality of life that we do," Mayor Henry said.
Ani Etter with the Volunteer Center helped put the event together.
"This is a great project because this is a one time commitment. People come, they're going to come for two and a half hours, they're done," she said.
While it's no easy task, Etter said it warms her heart to see volunteers like Judy Ladd, who has dedicated her retirement to service.
"You have things to do that are fun, you get out of the house, you don't just have to sit there and just get old and grumpy," Ladd said.
Etter said this is just one project on one day of the year, but there's still plenty of work to be done across the city.
"People here are from all backgrounds, all abilities. Everybody has that ability to give a little nugget of their time to help their fellow man and help our community be a better place," she said.
If you want to volunteer to clean up parks and playgrounds, you can call 260- 427-6400.
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