To signify the first step towards Neighborhood Revitalization, we partnered with the Woodland Heights Neighborhood Association to host the inaugural Rally in the Alley on Saturday, July 16, 2016. The event brought residents together to revitalize the neighborhood bringing together neighbors to clean-up designated alleys.
Residents of Woodland Heights developed the Rally in the Alley after identifying areas of the community in need of improvements. Neighborhood leaders worked with area residents to determine specific alley’s that had excessive trash and other debris that could be removed, as well as alleys that would benefit from general yard maintenance and landscaping. To complete the alley clean-ups, residents of Woodland Heights will work side by side with volunteers from The Courageous Church and members of Habitat for Humanity of Springfield, MO’s construction team in an effort to revitalize the neighborhood by making the alley’s attractive and safe.
During the Rally in the Alley 75 volunteers from The Courageous Church worked alongside Habitat’s construction team and 25 residents of Woodland Heights removing debris and yard waste from alleys in the neighborhood. The event impacted 300 homes in the Woodland Heights neighborhood in 5 hours!
The Rally in the Alley is the first of many initiatives Woodland Heights has identified as a way to revitalize its neighborhood. In partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Springfield, MO, area residents will set goals based on community assets. Habitat’s Neighborhood Revitalization program addresses community priorities by working hand-in-hand with residents to revive their neighborhood and enhance their quality of life by joining residents, area nonprofits, businesses, churches and the local government to discover what is most needed in a neighborhood and to help implement a shared vision of revitalization.
For more information about Habitat’s Neighborhood Revitalization program and to get involved in revitalizing Woodland Heights, contact Melissa Adler, Community Outreach Development Associate at Habitat for Humanity of Springfield, MO, 417-829-4001 x 116.