Written By Anthony Henry and Shawn RiendeauOn October 18th, CAA, and all of it’s new members, gathered trash bags and gloves in preparation to spend their Friday afternoon cleaning up Broad St. Eleven students had one task and one task only for the day and that was to fill up their extra large garbage bags with trash that blemished the streets of Providence. We started outside of City Burger, located on Pine St., and made our way to South Providence Neighborhood Ministries. During the day we picked up an assortment of items such as, papers, cups, bottles, plastic bags, cigarette butts, and their packages. Ironically enough, while cleaning up Broad St. many of us felt a sense of community whereas we felt that the people whom littered felt the opposite. We also heard frequent thank yous from strangers on the street that appreciated the fact that students were willing to do a good deed for others.
This form of community service, while extremely labor intensive, allows volunteers to actually connect with the community. It gives us, as volunteers, a chance to truly see the change that we are making in the community compared to that of donating money. By not having a psychical role, or presence you would not be able to see the actual effect that your monetary donation has made. This also allows individuals that cannot donate money, to still participate and make a difference with their ability to donate time to the community.