Southwest Fresno Residents Launch Inaugural Neighbors Helping Neighbors Clean-Up

FRESNO -- On Saturday, March 8, 2014, at 9:00 am Southwest Fresno resident leaders will launch Neighbors Helping Neighbors Clean-Up. Volunteers and residents will meet at the Community Center located at 1802 E. California Street, across from the EOC Local Conservation Corps for a beautification effort, focused on cleaning alleys.

As part of the Building Neighborhood Capacity Program (BNCP) in the Southwest Fresno, resident leaders have worked to identify neighborhood concerns and develop resident-driven solutions with support from partner agencies. The Neighbors Helping Neighbors Clean-Up has been planned and organized by a resident-led team, “Action and Change.”

There will be an orientation for residents and volunteers on Thursday, March 6, 2014, at 6:00 pm at the Community Center located at 1802 E. California Street. The group will then meet at 8:00 am on Saturday, March 8 at the Community Center and will begin the clean-up at 9:00 am. The City of Fresno has worked with Action and Change to coordinate a waste tire amnesty event also on March 8 at Edison High School as part of this effort. A barbecue and other events are planned for after the clean-up.

“The residents of Southwest Fresno know the neighborhood better than anybody, having their direct input and leadership on the project is the most important ingredient to successful neighborhood revitalization,” Mayor Swearengin said.

BNCP is designed to help neighborhoods build the infrastructure and resources necessary to ensure families experience better results around education, employment, safety, housing, and other key areas. BNCP is intended to catalyze community-driven change and is focused in two Fresno neighborhoods, Southwest and El Dorado. The City of Fresno is the lead agency for BNCP, working with over two dozen partner agencies that provide support, resources and collaboration with the goal to build capacity and improve the quality of life for residents. Partners include the Fresno Housing Authority, Fresno County EOC, Fresno State, First 5, Fresno Unified, Centro la Familia, West Fresno Resource Center and many others.

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