GENESEE COUNTY — One year after joining an historic march in Flint Township, Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson is planning to launch a countywide service project to help unify and beautify the community.
Swanson, along with Genesee County Sheriff’s deputies and numerous volunteers from around the county, will take to the streets of Flint and beyond for a “Walk With Us” Day of Service on May 30. The event will mark the one-year anniversary of a Black Lives Matter protest in Flint Township, in which Swanson and other law enforcement officers walked side-by-side with protestors to condemn the killing of George Floyd, who died in police custody in Minneapolis last May.
During the “Walk With Us” Day of Service, volunteers will participate in neighborhood beautification projects across Flint and Genesee County from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Volunteers will be split into eight teams and take on various jobs, including park clean-ups and block projects.
Before heading out to work, volunteers will meet at the Genesee County Jail in downtown Flint to register for the event and enjoy food, fellowship and music from noon until to 2 p.m.
Swanson said that he expects to have at least 5,000 volunteers register for the event and is encouraging church groups, police departments, non-profits and businesses alike to also participate in addition to individual volunteers.
“We’re looking for communities to serve other communities,” he said. “You may be in Linden and go to Genesee Township. You may be from Montrose and go to the east side (of Flint). It’s a way for all of us to give back.”
The May 30 community project follows the success of the “Walk With Us” Christmas Spectacular, which delivered Christmas presents to 200 families in the Flint area and Genesee County.
To volunteer for the “Walk With Us” Day of Service or request a service project, contact the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office at 810-341-5923 or email the Community Care Task Force at CCTF@GeneseeCountyMi.Gov.