CHARLOTTE, N.C.-- A group of about two dozen volunteers spent some their time working on a patch of land along South Mint Street and West Boulevard Saturday morning.

Everyone s trying to pitch in and make it the best neighborhood in Charlotte, says Andrew Walter as he dumped some mulch over a fence.

Walter is one of many volunteers trying to spruce up the Wilmore Neighborhood.

The group was working on a patch of sidewalk that has become overgrown with weeds and brush, and is turning into an eyesore.

The volunteers were made up of Wilmore residents, Nations Ford Baptist Church members, and members of Keep Charlotte Beautiful.

As you can see today we have a lot of neighborhood volunteers and that makes us feel good too, says Bruce Hammermann, who is the Chair for Keep Charlotte Beautiful.

The land is owned by Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. Because of budget constraints, CMS does not have the money to upgrade the land or even get rid of some of the weeds.

That's where Keep Charlotte Beautiful comes in.

We knew there were funds available, says Walker, who helped organize the revitalization project.

The Wilmore residents presented a proposal to the Keep Charlotte beautiful group, which provides a grant every year to one neighborhood for a beautification effort.

This year's winner was easy to pick according to Hammermann. They showed that they had a lot of community involvement, he says.

We couldn't do it all ourselves, says Hammermann.
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