ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) - The Chemung County Habitat for Humanity along with the city of Elmira held their first annual clean-up event on Saturday. 

The event, known as "Cities RISE Community Clean-up" kicked off at 9 am and went all the way until 3 pm. "Cities RISE" is a program that is funded through the New York State Attorney Generals Office. The program gives money back to communities to help rebuild and revitalize neighborhoods, and that's exactly what Habitat for Humanity did on Saturday. During the event, volunteers helped with landscaping, picked up trash, did some minor painting, as well as yard clean-up. 

"I think it's important to get out and show the community, and the people that live here, that the city of Elmira is taking an interest in their communities and that we're here to help them, and there are services to help them," says Sylvie Farr, Executive Director of Chemung County Habitat For Humanity. 


The work was done in a neighborhood near Grove Park, along West 4th, West 5th and Clinton Streets between Davis and Columbia Streets.