One Neighborhood Joins Together for Afternoon of Community Service
According to an article recently completed by the Tallahassee Democrat, the residents of the neighborhood Crown Ridge Estates banned together to improve the physical appearance of thirty-seven homes. Volunteers that live in the area banned together to improve the landscaping of the neighborhood, including cleaning up yard debris. Volunteers also worked to paint and pressure wash the exterior of the homes. Homeowners in the neighborhood have been asking for help on improvements for quite some time, particularly during a series of public meetings held at the Walker Ford Community Center, according to Lamar Kemp, Director of Housing for Leon County.
As a result, an effort was organized to bring volunteers together this week to commemorate the 9/11 attacks, and the way said attacks can bring communities together. Kemp hopes that the work started on the thirty-seven houses can inspire others to continue working towards cleaning up the neighborhood throughout the course of the next year. To Kemp, this can be key to improving and maintaining property values and getting others valuable, affordable and sustainable housing.
Kirsti Henry, who has called the Crown Ridge Estates home for the last five years with her four children, volunteered to go door to door, to ask residents to place any yard waste at the edge of the road, to allow volunteers to collect it for them. She was one of many volunteers working together to clean up the community. Bertha Ward, Crown Ridge Estates neighborhood Association President, was particularly excited to see all the neighbors gathering together to volunteer their time and efforts to improving the physical appeal of the area. For Ward, the immediate project was simply improving the look of the neighborhood, in the hopes that others could come to see the appeal of living there. However, Ward hopes there will be a long-term investment by the residents to continue the work started this week, in the hopes of eventually developing to be the best neighborhood in all of Leon County.