BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — East Baton Rouge Metro Councilman Cleve Dunn Jr., hosted a community cleanup to kick off a series of events for Martin Luther King in Baton Rouge.

The District 6 MLK Community Clean-Up + Blight Remediation was held on Saturday, Jan. 14 from 8 a.m. to noon.

The event has partnerships with East Baton Rouge Mayor Sharon Weston Broome, several Metro Council Members and the NAACP.

Councilman Cleve Dunn Jr. says he conducted a survey that found the neighborhood of Sherwood Forest had large amounts of trash.

“It’s a huge issue in East Baton Rouge Parish through the parish,” said Dunn.

Around 50 volunteers and residents contacted a “day of service” to help volunteers in cleaning up their district.One of those volunteers, Johnathan Stagg, said the neighborhood of Sherwood Forest has changed over the years.

“Everybody knew each other, the yards were clean cut,” Stagg said. “Now it’s a lot of blighted properties and there’s a lot of debris everywhere.”

During the clean-up, Dunn and his team passed out flyers explaining how to properly dispose of the garage for the residents.

The city is looking for volunteers to help out with other Martin Luther King Jr. events. Volunteers can sign up over the weekend until Monday.