A Papillion church group learned Wednesday you don't have to leave the area to go on a mission.
The group from Trinity Lutheran came to midtown Omaha for an alley cleanup. The high school-aged students and adult sponsors are spending part of their summer vacation doing volunteer work locally and in other states. Cutting weeds in the overgrown alley at 33rd and Chicago was just one of several projects for the youth in the metro.
“No one wants to clean it up so you feel like you can do it and feel better about yourself that people can have this alleyway to walk through,” said volunteer Cindy Mitchell.
“It’s great we're out here helping out the community,” said volunteer Kylie Lippincott. “It’s not really like our own, but we're all one community as Omaha.”
This was just one of several groups at work across the metro with 29 volunteers in all. They'll also be helping at a special ranch near Fort Calhoun that treats child victims of sex abuse.