Following the Monday funeral of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old black man who died in police custody last week, protesters clashed with police officers in violent riots throughout the city of Baltimore.
The city had experienced 144 vehicle fires, 15 structure fires and nearly 200 arrests, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency.
But out of the chaos has come a flurry of community outreach to put Baltimore back together. On Tuesday morning, residents came together to clean up areas damaged by the unrest. More than 2,500 people had joined a Baltimore cleanup effort Facebook event as of Tuesday afternoon, and the numbers continue to grow.
"I thought it was my civic duty to come out to restore my neighborhood," Baltimore resident Myra Keane told CBS Baltimore.
Volunteers take action.
Repair and cleanup efforts began on a micro scale, as individuals took to the streets with supplies to sweep up broken glass and debris.
Impromptu Baltimore cleanup crew. They didn't know each other before this morning. pic.twitter.com/QVfrFyPKos— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) April 28, 2015
Clean up efforts underway at CVS intersection in Baltimore this morning. pic.twitter.com/lCgQNkjbuR— Athena Jones (@AthenaCNN) April 28, 2015
We spoke w this 15 year old who's been out cleaning up in Baltimore. He was disappointed by the events of last night pic.twitter.com/ET8TesOfyb— Athena Jones (@AthenaCNN) April 28, 2015
Young people (very young) helping with clean up efforts outside burned out Baltimore CVS. pic.twitter.com/LYtI1DgpSs— Athena Jones (@AthenaCNN) April 28, 2015
Local businesses and community centers offer safe spaces and free meals.
This is Melanie Diggs, branch manager for the Penn av branch of the Enoch Pratt free library. pic.twitter.com/n3iv2jQmPu— Nicolás Medina Mora (@MedinaMora) April 28, 2015
She kept 30 safe people in the library while the CVS burned across the street.— Nicolás Medina Mora (@MedinaMora) April 28, 2015
— the other one (@imfromraleigh) April 28, 2015
The Internet steps up to help streamline efforts.
A #baltimorelunch hashtag has started with info about feeding kids who won't be in school today— Richard Gorelick (@gorelickingood) April 28, 2015