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A Project for Humanity cleans up for good


A local non-profit group focused on keeping the Central Oregon area clean of trash was busy Saturday afternoon. The non-profit is called “A Project for Humanity,” and they focus on removing abandoned trash piles and aiding the homeless with life skills.

The group primarily focuses their clean-up effort on the east side of Bend and have recently been cleaning out an area near Neff and Hamby roads.

The project, founded about a year ago, hopes to provide a cleaner Central Oregon and better communication between homeowners and individuals who live in tents and the homeless community.

Founder Christopher LaCoss said he hopes this effort encourages people to care about each other and understand how the smallest efforts can make a difference for someone who is homeless.

“We figured we had the ability to help, and by having that ability to help, we needed to, as a matter of personal accountability and living in Central Oregon — this is all of our home,” LaCoss said. “It’s not just my home, but it’s everybody’s, in Bend, Redmond and the surrounding area. It’s our responsibility to keep it clean.”

LaCoss said within a year, he and his volunteers have removed probably 6,000 pounds of trash. And they want to keep providing a means to a solution.

If you would like to donate, learn more or volunteer, you can visit their Facebook page and website, listed below:

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