Homeless Helping Clean Parkway

Every little bit helps, but since the trash largely comes from the homeless illegally camping there—and the article from Channel 3 reports just how long some people have been camping there—it is very good that they are helping clean it up.

An excerpt.


“Mercy Pedalers hosted its first American River cleanup in Sacramento on Wednesday.

“Dozens of volunteers, along with those living in encampments on the parkway, filled a 40-yard garbage dumpster at Township 9 Park off Richards Boulevard.

“There are a couple thousand people on the streets of Sacramento,” said Mercy Pedalers founder Sister Libby Fernandez. “But they have no trash pickup, no bathrooms, no place to get clean water.”

“The group American River Homeless Crew assisted Mercy Pedalers. Founder Dan Aderholt has been cleaning the parkway for several years.

“We’re going around cleaning up the trash and put them up on the sidewalk here, but this side is county, this side is city,” Aderholt said. “And neither one wants to take the responsibility and pick up the trash on a regular basis. And that’s getting to be a problem.”

“Albert Murrah has been living along the river for seven years and helped clean up Wednesday.

“I live here, and I hate seeing trash like that,” Murrah said. “There’s always new groups coming in. Every six to eight months you’ll see 15 to 20 different people coming in, and when different people come in to the area, they don’t care what happens.”

Retrieved October 16, 2019 from https://www.kcra.com/article/homeless-mercy-pedalers-volunteers-clean-american-river-trash/29493779


About David H Lukenbill

I am a native of Sacramento, as are my wife and daughter. I am a consultant to nonprofit organizations, and have a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from the University of San Francisco. We live along the American River with two cats and all the wild critters we can feed. I am the founding president of the American River Parkway Preservation Society and currently serve as the CFO and Senior Policy Director. I also volunteer as the President of The Lampstand Foundation, a nonprofit organization I founded in 2003.
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