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Altoona residents aim to make a difference in their community

Sailor (25) at the planning committee

Altoona, Pennsylvania (WTAJ) — Altoona resident Devin Thaler was just 25 years old when he was appointed to the Altoona City Planning Commission as the youngest member of the city government.

But his desire to make a difference in the community doesn’t stop there. He is on a mission to inspire others.

“I want to be the best person I can be,” said Thaler, who organizes community cleanups. “For myself, for others, and for society.”

After noticing a large amount of trash in the Altoona area, Sailor decided it was a problem he wanted to solve.

Sailor picking up trash in Altoona

“It’s important to me because I have to do it,” Thaler explained. “I mean, my dad taught me that if you see something that needs to be done, do it. I think the grass is greener where you water it. Better community, better life. If we want a place for change, we have to take the initiative to make it happen.We have to be the change we want to see in the world.”

Thaler works to make our community a better place to live. That’s why I see picking up trash as a positive rather than a chore. As he does so, he whistles, waves to passers-by, and jokes along the way.

“They could have at least left me a hot dog,” Thaler laughs, throwing away the box that was full of food.

A vest worn by a sailor when cleaning an area

Thaler hopes to motivate others to join him in his mission to make a difference and show everyone that you can make a difference.

“It’s more than just picking up trash,” Sailor said. “For me, this represents young people stepping up and taking responsibility and becoming a bigger part of the community they want to be. We will build a

So, with a garbage bag in hand, gloves on, and a vest, he takes the initiative to clean up the area and encourage others to do the same.

Sailor waving at the car while picking up trash

“It often feels like a lot of things don’t matter,” Thaler said. “You don’t really make a difference, but you do.”

Sailors are scheduled to clean up the area on Saturday, May 6th. If you want to help out, head to Heritage Plaza in downtown Altoona at 9am. All equipment provided.I have Facebook page Learn more about.

Thaler wants to work with community partners to make this a long-term commitment.

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If you know someone or an organization working on an issue in the community, please contact Maggie Smolka. Email msmolka@wtajtv.com or message her. Facebook.

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