Re "5,000 volunteers show up for community service project on Mack Road" (April 26): I was quite impressed with the Mack Road/South Sac renewal team of 5,000 volunteers that showed up to make a difference in cleaning up Sacramento streets and neighborhoods.
I think it would be a wonderful idea to appoint/employ city outreach workers to help organize similar renewal projects and endeavors throughout the Sacramento area.
Let's start gathering clean-up crews/volunteers and building community centers to have residents congregate and have meetings about neighborhood issues and implement adolescent and teen support job training centers. These would deter gang activity and thug lifestyles.
Doing so would empower citizens/residents living in neighborhoods with high crime and less-than-desirable cosmetic decay, a chance to be a part of the solution in community-building efforts. It would instill pride and community spirit, not only for us residents, but in Sacramento as a city.
-- Amanda Craaig, Sacramento