Last Saturday, some of our Southside Baptist Church members participated in “Clean and Clear 5 Points,” a service project organized and promoted by REV Birmingham and the Five Points Alliance. The group of 25-30 volunteers consisted of members from local churches, merchants, residents of the neighborhood, friends from surrounding communities and UAB students. This project is a very small part of the concerted effort to improve the 5 Points and surrounding neighborhoods by making it more inviting and safer for all who live, work, attend school and worship in the community, as well as for those who frequent the various businesses. Those who participated had the opportunity to talk with other volunteers and hear their perspectives on a variety of issues. Though we were tired, and some muscle soreness followed, it was a great way to spend part of a Saturday. There will be more opportunities like this in the future. If you would like to know more about 5 Points and the efforts mentioned above you can read this Birmingham News article.