LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Volunteers met on Douglas Avenue Thursday morning to clean up the neighborhood and promote safety.
The 'We Care - Love Your Neighborhood' event was a joint effort by Lexington Habitat for Humanity and Lexington Police. Volunteers, along with recruits from the Lexington Metro Police Academy and Division of Corrections, worked to clean out brush, fix and paint fences, trim trees, and plant flowers for 20 homes in the neighborhood.
Recent violence in the area has prompted those Lexington organizations to find ways to promote safety. By fixing up the neighborhood, they believe it will help residents take pride in where they live.
"Anything that builds relationships reduces crime because when people are happy, healthy and care about one another, they focus on the good things in their lives," says Rachel Childress, CEO Lexington Habitat for Humanity. "I think when people watch out for one another then that increases safety."
Thursday's clean up effort is also a part of the 'We Care' movement put together by Lexington Police. Also part of that program is a series of peace walks that will continue on Saturday.
Lexington Police Chief Ronnie Baston says there's been less crime in that area since they started these events.