Our 2010 Service Project with nearby Hope Community will offer opportunities for hands-on service as well as donations.

There will be a wide range of tasks including gardening, landscaping and painting. The “Hope Block” (22 units of affordable housing scattered throughout 10 buildings) and Dundry property are the two volunteering sites the week of GA. General Assembly registrants may sign up to volunteer on Friday, June 25 or Saturday, June 26. Those wishing to participate should bring long pants, close-toed shoes, and other “work clothes.”

Hope Community has created and implemented a vision for a neighborhood where most had little hope. One building at a time, abandoned spaces have turned into homes for families. But buildings alone do not make community. People must build a community, and that understanding is at the core of Hope Community’s approach to neighborhood revitalization.

Hope Community is a catalyst for change, growth and safety. Hope is building a sustainable neighborhood model through community organization, active education, leadership and affordable housing development.

Hope Community approaches this core mission in two ways:

* Development of affordable housing and public spaces that include a community center, playgrounds and gardens.
* Extensive community engagement that involves hundreds of youth, adults and families each year in learning, leadership and community opportunities.

The depth of Hope’s connection in the community is a major asset that Hope brings to neighborhood revitalization. As we rebuild our physical neighborhood into a place that nurtures children and families, we create multiple ways for people to connect around things important to them and their community.

Our Sunday collection will help build a capital fund to maintain older affordable rental properties which have been recently renovated on the Hope Block. Our donations can provide a sustaining boost to the Block properties as emergency repairs and replacements are needed.

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