Volunteers clean up IX Art Park with Global Pathfinder Summit

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The IX Art Park got a facelift Tuesday thanks to some volunteers from around the world.

Emerging leaders from more than 50 countries came together with dozens of Virginians to brighten up the art park.

It is part of the 2019 Global Pathfinder Summit with United Way and The Presidential Precinct.

Volunteers touched up paint, stained wood and created a new mural of a globe with handprints marking their home countries.

United Way said it is important to bring people together in this way.

"We want people visiting from other communities and around the world to see how we work in our community and then in general, Americans' way of giving back and how service is such a part of our culture," said Ravi Respeto, President of United Way Thomas Jefferson Area.

"It's a different kind of culture here, different kind of people from different countries, different languages, and when you look at it, you are more fulfilled knowing that you are creating a global village," said volunteer Olumide Idowu.

Cleaning IX Art Park was one of five volunteer projects happening through the summit. Others included volunteering at Georgia's Healing House and schoolyard gardens in the area.

Volunteers gathered later in the day for a luncheon discussion on volunteerism.

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