Hundreds of volunteers spent the day in South Minneapolis on their hands and knees as they repaired fencing, gardens and storefronts of a neighborhood in need.
Removing a few weeds from a rock pile doesn't look like much but it makes all the difference to Yolanda Grajeda of South Minneapolis.
"I wanted it done. I wanted to have a nice garden," she said.
A hand injury, and surviving on a tight budget for her family of five, has kept Grajeda from planting the peaceful place she desires amidst the violence in her neighborhood.
But volunteers with the non-profit, Urban Ventures, are working to change that - slowly transforming an entire street into a place Grajeda wants to call home.
More than 200 volunteers showed up on Saturday to help clean up about 15 sites throughout the city.
"Every little step is a needed step here," said Urban Ventures CEO, Tim Clark.
Clark says the unemployment rate in South Minneapolis is three times that of the national average.
"We wanted for people that aren't living here in South Minneapolis to understand the challenges that face this neighborhood and this area," he said.
Because for Grajeda, volunteers aren't just pulling a few weeds and planting a few flowers. They're giving her a sense of pride and peace.
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