Saturday, September 10, 2011

Joaquin Day of Service

Friends and Neighbors,

On August 27th, we accomplished something incredible! With the help of the Provo LDS East Stake, we were able to literally change the face of 4 blocks within our neighborhood in a day. Nearly 450 people came together to repaint 6 homes, and 2 garages, plant many trees, shrubs and flowers, and clean up an area that really needed our attention.

Before our efforts, had you walked down the alleys on these blocks, you would have thought they weren't good places to be at night. Walking up 350 North between 600 and 700 East would have made you feel like the neighborhood was on the decline. The lack of trees along the streets would have made the area feel more stark.

After our efforts, lots of new trees would lend their green to the colorscape. The new paint jobs on these houses make the area feel upbeat, and like it is moving forward.

We filled 5 of the biggest dumpsters available with yard waste, tree clippings, garbage, nasty old furniture, etc. Literally, the effect is stunning. I urge each of you to walk this area and see what volunteer work, combined with the help of NeighborWorks Provo, and our city's Neighborhood Matching Grant can accomplish.

The area sits between 600 and 700 East, 200 North and 500 North. There is a lot of construction going on due to new storm sewer systems, and the "wrap-up" of the landscaping at the new Provo Peaks elementary. Park the car, and take a walk!

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