CANTON: Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs fame was downtown Wednesday with a camera crew.

A photo posted by the Canton City Health Department sparked speculation about the reason for his visit. Its caption noted Rowe’s latest show, Returning the Favor, which premiered last summer on Facebook.

“Someone in Canton must be making a difference in our community!” the post reads.

In the show, Rowe profiles people throughout the country who are doing good and surprises them with gifts. Rowe also hosts a podcast, The Way I Heard It.

Rowe was the host of Dirty Jobs, a reality series exploring notoriously messy or difficult occupations, on the Discovery Channel from 2005 to 2012. After that series was canceled, he followed up with the similarly formatted Somebody’s Gotta Do It on CNN from 2014 to 2016.

Members of Rowe’s crew, who were at the Canton Police Patrolmen’s Association hall during a Be A Better Me Foundation event, said they could not release any information about the Canton visit. A post Wednesday afternoon on Rowe’s Twitter account stated that a new episode of Returning the Favor, which returns June 19, was being filmed “as we speak.”

James Fye, vice president of Be A Better Me, said he invited the crew to Canton for a show on the nonprofit and its founder, Officer LaMar Sharpe. The 18-year veteran with the Canton Police Department was not aware Rowe was involved until Wednesday.

“He knew that a documentary had reached out to our group,” Fye said. “They have spoken to him, and they wanted to do a piece on our mentoring academy and our foundation.”

Sharpe, who was About magazine’s most recent “Person of the Year,” founded Be a Better Me in 2016 with his wife, Deidra. Its stated purpose is to “help empower and encourage youth.”

Sharpe has visited schools, hosted community parties and distributed book bags and snacks to kids throughout Canton. He’s also a bit of a social media sensation, sharing his encounters on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Donations to Be A Better Me are kept “wherever we can store it,” Fye said. With more than 700 backpacks distributed last year, the Sharpes’ garage and basement often have been full.

The foundation also operates the Young Boys to Young Men Mentoring Academy — an eight-week program for ages 10 to 16. The boys meet for a few hours once a week.

“In that time, what we’ve done is we brought in speakers, male role models, people in the community to talk to the boys,” Fye said.

Sharpe was at Wednesday’s event at the union hall, 430 Walnut Ave. NE, looking a little bewildered.

“It’s another day at the office,” he said, laughing, when greeted.