One hill at a time, a transformation was taking place near 66th and Dodge Friday as 75 volunteers churned mulch, replanted trees and generally beautified the area.
Sixteen-year-old Jamie Cimino was among them.
"I think it is just good to help the community," she said. "I mean, people have so much and it is just good to give back and to help other people who don't have as much."
Volunteer Jen Marhenke said she was, "doing fun things like cleaning up the area. Just making sure that the trees are planted and all of that kind of stuff. So I was like, I'm in. I love manual labor."
Just three hours into the project, more than 15 bags of yard waste had been collected.
A total of 114 volunteers from First National Bank turned out. Some helped make banana bread, others sorted canned goods, all with the goal of empowering their community through this Day of Caring coordinated by the United Way.
Lisa Emken, Assistant Director of Micah House in Council Bluffs said, "This day will free-up a time for our staff to not have to do much of the deep-cleaning that a shelter requires to maintain daily operations. They did some really fun activities with the kids, which changes it up."
And with just a short day's work, they left their community in better shape than when they found it.