Madera Homeless Assist City Cleanup

5/8/2008 Madera, CA The city and county of Madera joined forces with the homeless to pick up trash along this stretch of the Fresno River-bed. It's part of the group "Homeless Helping the Community."

Area schools, church groups and other volunteers also helped, but Supervisor Max Rodriguez said the effort will help improve the image of the homeless, "As people drive by there and they see people down here cleaning up and they say, 'who is doing it?' The word's gonna get out through the newspaper and the news media that it's the homeless helping the community. And, uh, what better way to do it. You know, and these people are hard workers. They get down there and they don't stop."

Wednesday's event is the second phase of the Fresno River clean-up project.

Everyone who helped was treated to a free lunch.

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