The City of Hilliard has partnered with local volunteers, businesses and residents to host the first ever “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” community clean-up event.
On Friday, April 23, volunteers with BMW Financial Services, Rock City Church, Hilliard Kiwanis, Hilliard Rotary Club and Target will concentrate on outdoor service projects in three Hilliard neighborhoods: Avery, Beacon, and Hilliard Heights.
The event takes place during Earth Week to promote local clean-ups, but the focus is on bringing the community together to help those in need.
The City sent letters to the residential households in each neighborhood asking for help identifying residents who could use assistance. Projects include things such as trash collection, landscape clean-up, and mulching.
“It’s all about helping our residents and connecting them to resources and other community members who want to help,” said Assistant City Manager Dan Ralley.
All landscaping materials and tools needed for the clean-up event were donated by Home Depot, he said.
Volunteers will meet Friday at Roger A. Reynolds Municipal Park, 3800 Veterans Memorial Dr., to receive their projects and a quick breakfast before heading to the neighborhoods. The event will end at noon with refreshments provided by the City.
Finding help for Neighbors Helping Neighbors was easy, said Recreation Supervisor Haley Bush.
“We’re very fortunate to have so many outstanding service-oriented volunteers who want to help,” she said. “This wouldn’t be able to happen without them all coming together.”
The City hosts many clean-up events at parks and other public areas each year through the “Adopt-A-Park” program, but this will be its first-time coordinating efforts in residential neighborhoods.
“We hope this isn’t a one-time event, but rather a continuing mission for the City,” Ralley said.
Residents who are interested in volunteering for the Neighbors Helping Neighbors clean-up should meet at the Aspen Shelter at Roger A. Reynolds Municipal Park at 9 a.m. Friday, April 23.