A group of citizen volunteers in Chico got tired of seeing accumulating piles of trash and abandoned shopping carts around town, so they decided to take action.
Daniel Bringolf started the Facebook page 'Chico Community Watch' one and a half years ago. Now it is nearly 1700 members strong.
People post sightings of piles of garbage and shopping carts around town on the page. Then the group sets out in a caravan around town to pick up the carts and return them to their respective businesses. The volunteers use their own money for gas, and they give up their time and energy to clean up Chico.
Daniel Bringolf, founder of the Chico Community Watch group, said, "I think the city is strapped. I think some of the services are unavailable. I think it's up to the citizens to step up and try to do their part."
One of the group's citizen volunteers, Shelly Rogers,said, "These are tasks that we're doing that we can see the immediate results of what we're doing. A cart that's been sitting on a corner for two weeks is suddenly no longer there. Someone needs to do that and right now we're the ones that are doing it."
The group meets Wednesday and Saturday mornings. Members say most of the reaction they've gotten is positive, though some people have called them 'vigilantes.'
They are always looking for more volunteers and they say every donation is appreciated.