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You don’t have to look far to realize you live in an amazing community. There are many ways to “give back” in the Super City of Rochester, Michigan.

Today, I spent a couple of hours cleaning up the riverside of Clinton River. The natural beauty just took your hand and invited you to be yourself. Though I was not alone, there were many quiet moments of serenity, just being surrounded by the rough terrain, singing birds, flowing river, pesky bugs, woodsy scent, sassy breeze and the crackling sticks beneath my (now) dirty tennis shoes. They each played a role in my volunteer time and have given me a new sense of pride for my community.

Assistant Naturalist, Laura Douglas and her bright eyed, 5 yr. old son, Joshua were our guides for the morning for “River Day 2009”. They were both knowledgeable and friendly, each of them oozing with passion for Nature. Joshua was just as smart as he is cute!

We began our morning heading into the woods to take us riverside. There were about 40 volunteers which included almost 20 children. Everyone had gloves on, ready to clean up our beautiful riverside. I was overwhelmed with the team work and seeing the children take part will be a warm memory for many years to come. Trash was collected, bags were filled and I watched members of my community unfold a realistic story of people coming together to protect and give back.

I am a proud resident of Rochester, Michigan and knowing I share a love for my community with others is what makes this Super City our HOME.

by: MichelleLynn Cunningham

Detroit Mommies Expert Contributor
Courtney is the traveling mom! She has 3 girls and is the founder of Detroit Mommies and currently lives in Florida. You can follow her on Twitter @courtneyRVL.