ENGLEWOOD — South Sider Shamica Wilson is hosting a three-day cleanup event in Englewood this weekend.
#TheHoodTakeover volunteers will pick up trash 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Monday along Racine Avenue from 55th Street to 76th Street.
Wilson, a West Englewood resident since her early teens, organized the cleanup after seeing how decades of disinvestment and neglect hurt the neighborhood. She researched the causes of blight and talked to her friends, asking them which streets needed the most help.
“The answers were from all over Englewood, but one answer I kept seeing was Racine [Avenue],” Wilson said. “So, that’s where we decided to go.”
Wilson has assembled a small team of volunteers to help with the project, but she’s looking for more. People interested in volunteering are invited to register online.
“Faith without work is dead, so we have to be willing to do the work. If Black lives matter, we have to take care of ourselves,” Wilson said.
Wilson is accepting donations for cleaning supplies — specifically plastic garbage pickers — via Zelle, PayPal and Google Pay. Volunteers are encouraged to wear masks, gloves and comfortable clothes and to follow social distancing guidelines.
“This is my home, and I’m going to do what I can do make sure my children have a place to play,” Wilson said. “I don’t want to wait for something bad to happen. I want to be proactive.”
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