People with intellectual and developmental disabilities volunteer for Cobb park cleanups

cleanup crew at Sweetwater ParkCleanup crew at Sweetwater Park (photo courtesy of CCCSB)

Cobb County Community Services Board has partnered with Cobb PARKS to clean up parks and at the same time provide Cobb residents with intellectual and developmental disabilties with increased skills and access to the community.

Earlier in the summer members of the CCCSB’s Community Access Group (CAG) began volunteering at Cobb County area parks.

According to a press release from the CCCSB:

The group picks up trash from playgrounds, weeds gardens, and performs other general clean-up activities to help keep the county parks looking great.

“Community Access Group services at Cobb the County Community Services Board (CCCSB) are individually planned to meet an individual’s needs and preferences for active community participation. The goal is to improve an individual’s access to the community through increased skills and natural supports, Volunteering is one way to achieve this goal,” the press release states.

The cleanup crew is supplied with gloves, trash bags, tongs, and water.

They recently beautified Sweetwater Park and Clarkdale Park in Austell, and Wild Horse Creek Park in Powder Springs.

The plan is to volunteer Mondays and Wednesdays when the weather cooperates.

“We look for ways to actively participate in our community,” said LaTasha Hogan, Disability Services Program Supervisor for Community Access Services at Cobb County Community Services Board for the press release. “It is a great outdoor activity for a few hours a week that enhances quality of life for everyone.”

Jimmy Gisi, Director of Cobb PARKS, said volunteers are important to keeping Cobb parks beautiful. “With resources at the level that they are right now, we are excited to have volunteers to help us maintain Cobb County’s parkland,” said Gisi. “With more than 6000 acres of parkland in our inventory, volunteers play a vital role in maintaining our quality parks. We are excited to have Cobb County Community Services Board as a partner.”

For more information about CCCCSB’s Community Access Group and its Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities programs for adults, please visit http://www.cobbcsb.com.

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