Community volunteerism is an uplifting thing to observe and, especially, to participate in. When the efforts involved result in making the community a bit cleaner and a more comfortable place to live then it is all to the better.
So it is with the annual Somerville Spring Cleanup coming up this Saturday as many residents pitch in, pick up, and sweep out the old, unwanted refuse and generally celebrate our mutual appreciation of the city we live and work in.
Not only do locals lend their time and elbow grease in doing the actual work involved, but many individuals and business concerns also donate tools and cleaning supplies to help out with the cleanup.
A community breakfast and BBQ will be held at the Blessing of the Bay Boat House on Shore Drive before and after the cleanup, and the generous volunteers will be rewarded with fine food, drink, and fellowship. The warm glow of satisfaction with a very worthwhile job well done shall prevail, and everyone present should have a well-deserved good time.
It is comforting to see that in these times when so many with a cynical view of modern day society feel that most people are too selfish or lazy to contribute to the common good, such ideas can be very wrong. There are still a lot of folks around who are more than willing to give of themselves in order to make the community a better place for all.
To volunteer for the clean up go to http://www.somervillema.gov/news/somerville-spring-cleanup-scheduled-saturday-april-22.
We thank you and salute you.