Building a Better South Bend with The Weekend Project

May 22, 2012 at 11:57 am 2 comments

What’s “The Weekend Project?” I’m glad you asked. The Weekend Project is a collaborative effort where neighborhood associations, neighbors, business owners, houses of worship and organizations within each neighborhood in South Bend come together to work on at least one property in their neighborhood. Won’t that be amazing? To have everyone out in their neighborhoods on the same weekend, making South Bend a better place.

While the date hasn’t been set yet, there is still work to do now to make this happen. Here are things to get you started:
1. Contact your neighborhood association.
2. Walk or drive around your neighborhood to look for properties in need of attention.
3. Talk to your neighbors.
4. Talk to businesses, houses of worship and other organizations in your neighborhood.

Some ideas for these projects:
1. Find a homeowner (elderly or otherwise in need) that needs assistance
2. Clean up yards of vacant or abandoned homes
3. Plant a community garden in an open space /vacant lot (with permission from homeowner)
4. Clean up a local park or other common space
5. Remove or paint over graffiti

I encourage you to find time this week to talk to your neighbors about this idea. The more volunteers involved, the larger the impact. Also, share this blog with your neighborhood association. Let’s make this inaugural event a huge success.

Please post other ideas here. Then stay in touch as we’ll continue to make announcements as we move forward.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Carl  |  May 22, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    We’ll be out, asking around McKinley Primary!

    • 2. revitalizesb  |  May 22, 2012 at 9:16 pm

      Thanks. Let me know how your neighbors respond and what you feel is needed to make it happen in your neighborhood.


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