NeighborWorks Week 2012
National NeighborWorks Week was celebrated in our community from June 2nd to June 9th. Organizations throughout the country who are chartered by NeighborWorks America, such as Pocatello Neighborhood Housing Services, mobilized countless volunteers, business people, neighbors, friends and local and national elected and civic leaders in a week of neighborhood change and awareness.
This year, PNHS took part in NeighborWorks® Week in a variety of ways. You may have heard in the news recently about Valley Pride’s “Re-Igniting the Pride” cleanup that took place along North Harrison Street in the Old Town Neighborhood. This massive cleanup covered an eight block area and PNHS was there each evening to help, including showing up with its two fully stocked tool trailers. Since so many volunteers throughout the community participated, many of them needed lawn and garden tools to get the job done. PNHS not only had an array of lawn and garden tools available for people to use, it purchased over 500 pairs of gloves for the volunteers. Additionally, PNHS donated some sod and labor (thank you PNHS staff!) to fully cover two front yards along the 600 block of Harrison and it donated $200 to the Home Depot team to purchase paint and supplies to cover a massive white picket fence along the 500 block of Harrison. Finally, advice was given and some equipment provided to the Junior Civitan Team who fully painted the outside of a home at 1133 N. Harrison. If you haven’t done so yet, please take a drive down North Harrison and take a look at all the improvements. You won’t believe the difference!
PNHS would like to give kudos to Ed Tierney, Ryan Cupp and the Idaho Central Credit Union Team who laid sod at our new twin home and new single family home in the Whittier Neighborhood (along the 1500 Block of South 2nd Street). To cap this off, PNHS was presented a check for $1,500 to help offset the cost of landscaping these properties. This is the fifth straight year the ICCU Team has helped with sod-laying projects. PNHS is so fortunate to have ICCU as its partner!
The College Neighborhood contributed to the NeighborWorks® Week effort by organizing a neighborhood cleanup on June 2. Two dumpsters were placed in the neighborhood and completely filled with debris and the tool lending trailer was on hand for those in the neighborhood who wanted to borrow lawn and garden tools. The Alameda and Lewis & Clark Neighborhoods participated by planting flowers in neighborhood parks and common areas and residents in Lewis & Clark also took part in a flag raising ceremony.
The week was capped off with a celebration barbeque at the Old Town Pavilion on Friday, June 6. Guests were treated to a free barbeque and enjoyed live entertainment by “Blind Autumn”.
Thank you to all who made NeighborWorks® Week a success. PNHS couldn’t have pulled this off without all the assistance of its loyal neighborhood and community partners!