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Roseland, Pullman

Gwendolyn Brooks Grads To Gather Monday To Clean Up Damage in Roseland, Pullman

The volunteers will be available to help any business in need of assistance.

File Photo: The Pullman Community Center in the South Deering neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois seen on April 9, 2020. | Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago
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ROSELAND — A group of volunteers are coming together Monday for cleanup events around the Pullman and Roseland neighborhoods.

Most of the volunteers participating are former students of Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy, 250 E. 111th St. in Roseland.

For Emil Collins, a student at Central Michigan University and organizer of the community cleanup, it’s not about condemning those who damaged businesses in the community last week.

“It’s not about who messed up our neighborhoods, and we are not condemning anyone, that’s not what this is about,” said Collins. “We stand with everybody, all of this is not happening for no reason and we stand in solidarity with the Black community.”

The cleanup will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Volunteers will be assigned to two stations: the Pullman Community Center, 10355 S. Woodlawn Ave., and at New Deliverance Church, 11200 S. State St.

Free canned food, masks, water, toiletries and more will be given out at both locations.

The volunteers will be available to help any business in need of assistance, Collins said. That includes cleaning the outside of businesses or nearby properties.

For those interested in assistance, there is a form available to request help.  The survey can also be filled out if interested in donating to a relief fund. The survey is here.