“By getting rid of junk in our yards, washing or painting our houses or even just edging a bad lawn, we can start a wonderful chain reaction in our neighborhoods,” they wrote. “This isn’t wishful thinking on our part. It’s documented over and over again by all 200 plus NeighborWorks organizations across the country that fixing up a single house in a neighborhood stimulates surrounding owners to spruce up as well.”
Every year, NeighborWorks organizations mobilize tens of thousands of volunteers, businesspeople, neighbors, friends and local and national elected officials in a week of neighborhood change and awareness through community service. Many of these NeighborWorks Week activities include projects to clean up and revitalize neighborhoods. This year’s volunteer events will take place June 5-12, but the work can begin right now.
“Just get started!” Murnen and Beaty said. “Know your efforts will make a difference and give you — and your neighbors — a lift.” Read more about what you can do.