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Sunnyside Graffiti Removal Group Gets Solid Turnout

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May 18, 2010 By Christian Murray

More than a 75 volunteers turned out on Saturday to attend this Spring’s graffiti clean up day.

The event, organized by the Sunnyside United Neighborhood Network (SUNN), drew a disparate group of volunteers– from 25 members of the construction union, Local 79; 20 missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; and 35 of the group’s core resident/members. Local councilman Jimmy Van Bramer was also there, paintbrush in hand.

The volunteers met at the Sunnyside Reformed Church on Skillman Ave (48th Street) at 10:00 am where they were greeted with donuts and coffee. The organizers split the volunteers into groups and sent them out with paint cans, brushes and other tools. Each group was assigned a certain district within the neighborhood. Their job description was straight forward: find graffiti and paint over it with the appropriate color.

The group holds two main events each year. Its spring and fall cleanups. It gets a turnout of between 75 and 100 volunteers for these events.

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