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Young Volunteers Clean Up Commerce

COMMERCE ( — Volunteers rolled up their sleeves and went to work Saturday, for the sixth annual Clean Up Commerce event.

About 200 local youth and adult volunteers took part, donning safety vests while they removed graffiti, picked up trash and cleaned vacant lots.

Citadel Outlet owner Steve Craig joined the volunteers and pledged $100 per volunteer. The money goes to various youth sports teams, arts programs and service organizations.

"Clean Up Commerce is a day of philanthropy specifically designed to encourage millennials to get involved in their community," Craig said.  "Our hope is that participating youth walk away with a greater sense of pride in their city and a desire to make a positive contribution to its future."

"It's tiring but it feels good," said volunteer Endira Jiminez. "At the end fo the day you just know you did something good for the world."

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