Volunteers for Horizons' Spring Spruce Up included (from left to right): Sean Stevens, Kris Engh, Jenny Erdmann, Delphin Cruz, Rhianna Cruz, Heather Cruz, Nathan Johnson & Tyrel Bergmann
On Saturday, May 14th, Pine City Horizons hosted a Pine City Spring Spruce Up Day. The goal of this effort was to build relationships, have fun and build pride in our community. “When the Spring Spruce Up was conceived, we wanted to identify someone who could benefit from not only the spruce up, but would also see this effort as a way to form new relationships. Having relationships with those that can help when you need it is a very important part of being happy and healthy,” said Kris Engh with Pine City Horizons.
“When Mark Madison of the Pine Terrace manufactured home park contacted Horizons about cleaning up some of the vacant lots, we saw this as a good opportunity for a win-win,” continued Engh.
Pine Terrace also provided a donation to help buy trash bags, lunch for the volunteers and a dumpster to remove the garbage.
Trash collected from Spring Spruce Up
“This was a great event”, said Sean Stevens also with Pine City Horizons, “we collected lots of garbage, met new people, helped beautify Pine City and created some new partnerships that will continue to build social capital for all those involved.”
The best part of this event is what has happened as a result. Heather Cruz, one of the volunteers for this event, has already mobilized a youth group from her church to continue this clean up effort. As a result, she and her family and members of her church will return to the area next weekend to continue the goal of this program which was clean up, build camaraderie and connections.
“The first Spring Spruce Up felt so good that I just wanted it to continue,” said Cruz. “Anyone is welcome to join us for the second Spring Spruce Up and I guarantee you will have fun, meet new friends and feel great about Pine City.”
Spring Spruce Up 2 will take place this Sunday, May 22nd at 4-8pm. Anyone interested in participating can call Heather Cruz at (612) 423-3469 or just meet at Pine Terrace (near the mailboxes) on Sunday at 2pm.