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September’s Service Saturday Draws Biggest Turnout Yet

Dozens of people turned out for our latest Service Saturday, making the North Loop an even cleaner and more engaged community.

Our streets and sidewalks look better because of volunteers who grabbed those iconic yellow bags and filled them with litter.

The blood donations given at Memorial Blood Center’s Bloodmobile could be life-savers.

And some of you took time to meet with candidates or register to vote at our pop-up voter information center.

Meanwhile, the planting beds near the playground at James I. Rice Park look a lot better now, because of those who showed up to spread mulch. Minneapolis Park Board crews dropped off the large mound of mulch earlier in the week, skeptical that we’d have enough people to do such a big job. But about 20 of you answered the call.

With our continuing partnership with Parks and Rec, we expect to do more work around the playground in the spring.

Service Saturday was born out of the big response we saw earlier in the year after the unrest in other parts of Minneapolis. As our neighbors came forward to donate and volunteer in big numbers, we saw clearly that people are looking for ways to get involved and give back to the community. Our next Service Saturday is set for October 10th.

By Mike Binkley, North Loop Neighborhood Association