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Even Rain Can’t Dampen Spirits of NeighborWorks Day Volunteers

Despite the rain, close to 600 paintbrush-and shovel-yielding corporate, community and government volunteers 'dug in' to plant flowers and bushes, spruce up vacant lots, paint picket fences and classrooms, and beautify Chicago and Elgin neighborhoods during NHS' 23rd Annual NeighborWorks Day, June 5.  A special thanks to our wonderful sponsors, including lead sponsoring agency State Farm Insurance Companies. Other sponsors included: Enterprise, MB Financial, Travelers, and U.S. Bank.

Through their assistance, NeighborWorks Day projects took place in:

  • Chicago Lawn/Gage Park - 6000 Block of South Washtenaw  Traditional planting, painting, and light repairs. Ceasefire will provide one of their traditional community barbecues.
  • Fox Valley/Elgin – Inner East side of Elgin  - Northeast Neighborhood Association  Landscaping, planting flowers, trimming bushes, and spreading mulch. Minor repairs and removal of chain link fences.
  • North Lawndale - Community Gardens:  African Heritage Garden (12th Place and Central Park); Crystal’s Peace Garden (3800 W. Polk); Troy Garden (1800 S. Troy); Ridgeway Garden (1900 S. Ridgeway); Slumbuster’s Garden (21st and Trumbull): General clean-up and replanting of the gardens.
  • Roseland – Chicago International Charter School (CICS) Prairie  Campus - 11530 S. Prairie Painting of classrooms, restrooms and hallways for K-8 college-prep school that draws many of its students from the Roseland and Pullman community. Volunteers will also plant flowers and spread mulch around the campus.
  • West Humboldt Park - 700 block of North Monticello   Planting trees, flowers, laying out sod and light painting projects.

Thanks to all the wonderful "meet up group" photographers for lending their photo expertise to NeighborWorks Day. VIEW 72 MAGNIFICIENT PHOTOS

The Meet up Group is organized by Rick Hicaro. For more information, e-mail Rick.

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