Cedar Rapids non-profit cleans up to curb violence

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) — A non-profit is fighting back against crime in an interesting way.

In Cedar Rapids, members of Mount Olive Lodge taking to the streets to clean up hoping to curb violence and show what the city is really about.

Sunday was pretty calm in the Cedar Rapids neighborhood surrounding the Roosevelt Middle School, but Bradley Dixon says that hasn’t been the case recently in the city.

”Children were killed, injured and we couldn’t just sit around from that point you know, we just…had to do something,” said Bradley Dixon.

Shootings and calls of shots fired have happened in Cedar Rapids just in the last two months.

Brothers of the Mount Olive Lodge like Dixon brought about the idea to literally clean up the city.

He says you can’t just sit back and talk about what to do, you have to act.

“The brother’s came up with ‘okay we got to make ourselves seen, what’s a better way than making yourself seen than being in the community, actually being there physically,” said Bradley Dixon.

Every month, they’re tackling a different neighborhood around Cedar Rapids. Next month it will be along J-street.

For Dixon, he’s hoping to help bring change to the community.

“Even if it’s as small as picking up trash,” said Bradley Dixon.

 

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