Warren Family Mission helps beautify city with free lawn mowing partnership

Warren Family Mission employees volunteer five times a week for six to eight hour days

by: Briana Ray-Turner

Posted: Jul 15, 2020 / 8:39 pm EDT
Updated: July 15, 2020 / 10:29 p.m. EDT

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Warren Family Mission is back for the summer volunteering to clean up and beautify the city of Warren.

In recent years, the city has partnered with Job & Family Services and the Warren Family Mission called Operation Lawn Mower.

“We’re trying to keep it … it’s really getting out of hand, so we’re just trying to help them,” said Chris Gilger, executive director of the Warren Family Mission.

Warren Family Mission employees volunteer five times a week for six to eight hour days.

“At least 200, up to 400 lawns. We just do it for free so that Warren looks good, ”Gilger said.

Gilger and his staff are mainly focused on the west side of Warren, which covers the 6th and 7th divisions.

“The main thing is that we have lawns like this out here, grass about 3 feet high, and they come out here and cut it because no one else wants to do it,” said Ronald White, Sr., councilor for the 7th Ward.

White said there are lots of lots in Warren making it impossible for city workers to get to all of the lawns.

“As a councilor, we get phone calls almost every day about lawns in need of cutting,” said Cheryl Saffold, councilor for the 6th Ward.

Saffold said that because their operations department in the town of Warren is understaffed, they need all the help they can to keep Warren in good shape.

“It just drives me crazy with this high stuff when I’m driving around. I just think Warren has to be beautiful, not like that. So let’s really try, ”said Gilger.

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