Are you disturbed by the increase in graffiti appearing on buildings, retaining walls, signs, bridges, benches and other places in Montpelier? If so, you’re not alone. Some who have noticed the increase have formed a volunteer group to restore the city’s infrastructure to its pre-vandalized state. (See “before” and “after” photos.)
Known as GRIT (Graffiti Removal Infrastructure Team), the group was founded by Nancy Schulz and had its first outing in May with seven volunteers. GRIT enjoys the support of the Department of Public Works, the Police Department, Montpelier Alive, and MSAC.
Typically, GRIT members identify places in the downtown that have been vandalized and need to be cleaned up. GRIT members scrape off stickers, use wipes treated with solvents, and paint over graffiti. The day and time of outings varies according to the weather.
New volunteers are welcome and you don’t need to commit to regular attendance. You can come just once or as often as you like. The work isn’t physically demanding and requires no prior experience or specific skills.