CHENANGO, N.Y. -- It's an initiative that aims to get people off of welfare and into the workforce.
One of those participants is Josh Lee. He's been in the Clean Sweeps program for about six months working on projects like improving the look of the entrance into the town of Chenango.
"We actually helped put down all that mulch there and sort of sweeped up the edges and made sure it all looks nice and clean," said Josh Lee, Clean Sweep Participant.
Broome County's Clean Sweep Program helps to improve the look of Broome County, while giving free job training to those who need it most. Projects range from cleaning river banks to planting flowers at local parks.
"Every place that we've gone to this point, they've appreciated what we've been able to do for them because it is that extra set of hands," said John Mitchell, Clean Sweep Job Coach.
The program is already proving to be a success. In just a couple of weeks, Lee will take his A+ certification test for a job in I.T.
"It's helped a lot of people to get into a training program they might not have known about before. They might have just been throwing out applications," said Lee.
So far, a few participants have already earned full time jobs.
"It's very gratifying knowing you were able to help somebody that is in a position to not help themselves. It's gratifying to help someone like that," said Mitchell.
The Clean Sweeps program recently completed its 100th project.