On April 9th we were planning to hold our Neighbors Helping Neighbors Work Day. Unfortunately the weather was in the 30’s and snowy so we postponed a week and crossed our fingers that it would be successful on April 15th. That Saturday morning the sun was shining and we had around 80 people come out to improve our neighborhood one project at a time. This event came to together through collaborative work between Carlisle E-Free Church, Carlisle West Side Neighbors, Tree of Life Church, Project SHARE, Friends Meeting House, the Elm Street Program, Church of God, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Dickinson College, St. Paul’s Church as well as individuals.
Please take notice in these pictures just how many children came out to help this day. They did real work, not simple jobs, just because they are young. Kids dug, raked, mulched, painted, planted and cleaned and didn’t complain about it. They just kept working until the job was done. Kudos to everyone who helped. Even if you couldn’t come out during this session, please consider volunteering the next time we coordinate a clean up. It is a great way to give back and connect directly with neighbors in our community. Because of these volunteers 20 yards were cleaned up, Heberlig Palmer Park’s gardens were planted, 5 new Free Little Libraries were installed, we filled 3 dumpsters with trash and took countless trips to the compost facility to drop off brush.
Marilyn Keener organized the registration table and was well prepared and ready to assign volunteers with the projects. This helped get volunteers out to the sites swiftly so work could commence early and projects could be completed in 4 hours time.
Five alleys were focused on to make the biggest impact.
Frog Alley is off of Heberlig Palmer Park and has been transforming over the past 3 years. To keep growth down, we focus on weeding and mulching each spring.
The Church of God (corner of N. College & A St.) coordinated an effort to clean up Ash Alley (runs between A and B Streets). Another group focused on homes along Elbow Ave. (between Factory and 400 blk of N. West St.). Birch Ave. and Lincoln Ave. are the alleys the cross through Heberlig Palmer Park and these have also been continually improving since efforts to improve the park started a few years ago.
Elbow Ave & N. West St:
Birch Ave & Project Share Farm Stand:
This backyard was one of the most amazing transformations of the day.
Community Gardens in Heberlig Palmer Park:
Post work day picnic-Special thanks to Lee Snyder for coordinating this wonderful meal: