HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – It is Earth Day, people all over the world will take action to slow the effects of climate change and reduce the negative impact humans have on nature.

OneHolyoke Community Development Corporation kicked off it’s community clean up initiative, focusing on the Flats neighborhood in Holyoke.

OneHolyoke’s Nayroby Rosa-Soriano explained why this effort is important, “It demonstrates that we care about our community, it demonstrates our community thriving, it demonstrates we love our community and we want our community to look great.”

Local residents, businesses and organizations came out to help with this Earth Day effort.

“Well it’s beautiful day, the weather is cooperating… and you know we just, it feels good to help out the community,” said Lucy Perkins, a store manager at Canna Provisions in Holyoke.

OneHolyoke is hosting community clean ups every fourth Saturday of the month through September. If you or your organization is interested in participating in a community clean up, OneHolyoke has all the supplies you’re going to need.

“The turn out was incredible. We’re super thankful and appreciative of the folks who have come out today to join our kick off campaign,” said Rosa-Soriano.

OneHolyoke is open to receiving donations of water and trash bags for its volunteers.