Volunteers Needed to Help Combat Graffiti

By: Denise Wong Email
By: Denise Wong Email

Sun Valley, NV - From fences to sidewalks, to even trees! Graffiti has become a big problem in our area. And though deputies are cracking down on taggers, there's only so much they can do. That's why they're trying to get the community involved.

"Makes me feel horrible because I've seen so many people do it so many times to buildings and every time I look at that stuff, I think 'Who the heck did that?'" says Donavyn Lance. The 10-year-old hates to see all of the tagging outside the Sun Valley Neighborhood Center, a place he goes to with his family.

"It's so wrong!" says Donavyn.

But the graffiti is becoming so common.

"The graffiti, you can never get rid of that," says Anthony Piloto, Donavyn's stepfather.

At the neighborhood center, you can see where people have tried to paint over the tagging.

"It's a severe problem here," says Deputy Armando Avina, public information officer for the Washoe County Sheriff's Office.

The Sheriff's Office tries to clean up what it can, but...

"We can't do it alone," says Deputy Avina. "With cuts in departments just about everywhere. Businesses, law enforcement, anywhere you look, people are doing more with less."

That's why the Washoe County Sheriff's Office is asking for volunteers to help turn the tide on this vandalism, starting this Saturday. They're meeting right here at the Sun Valley Neighborhood Center on 6th Avenue.

"We want to stop it and have zero graffiti in our neighborhoods," says Deputy Avina.

What: Volunteer Graffiti Cleanup

When: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 8, 2011, weather permitting

Where: Sun Valley Community Center, 115 W. 6th Ave., Sun Valley

Contact: Katie Stueve: (775) 328-3361

The Sheriff is also looking for concerned citizens to donate paint, brushes or gloves to the effort.

For more information, head to www.washoesheriff.com and click on "graffiti."

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