Friday, June 5, 2009

Old Southwest Neighbors Helping Neighbors – 2009



The historic Old Southwest neighborhood began a community service project three years ago as a way to assist a neighbor in need who otherwise is not financially or physically able to perform maintenance on their home. Volunteers bothinside and outside the Old Southwest neighborhood donate a Saturday in mid spring to paint and landscape a property for a resident in need. Money raised from the annual holiday parlor tour of homes, which is the neighborhoods only fund raising event, help off-set the cost of materials used for the Neighbors Helping Neighbors event. Local sponsors such as Home Depot (route 220) have been gracious with discounts and materials as well as the local Wildflour Market and Bakery on 4th street in Old Southwest who provide lunch for everyone that volunteers.

This year, several of the U.S. Air Patrol cadets were present to lend a hand and as a result they will earn credit hours towards a Civil Air Patrol community service award. Several news media outlets are contacted each year to spotlight this community service project, but to date, none have ever come out to cover the event. This years’ recipient was long time resident Thelma Carner. As her son-in-law Kirk Gibson stated in a letter of thanks to the neighborhood, “The Neighbors Helping Neighbors program, in our opinion, helps to set a good example of how people can come together and better their community, while also setting a good example to today’s youth, as showing them through example, what being a good neighbor means.”

Posted By Valerie Garner

Categories: Community, Local Events

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Comments (2)

Jill Elswick

June 5th, 2009 at 11:38 PM    

Wow! The house looks great. I love the colors, the star, the shutters, the lattice work, everything. Beautiful. Thank you, Roanoke Free Press, for covering this positive event for Roanoke and Old Southwest.


June 6th, 2009 at 12:01 AM    

What an awesome project! This is such a great thing to do for elderly people. My Nana lived alone for many years in SW on Maiden Lane until she could no longer manage on her own. She left her home of over 40 years and it really was sad. I’m glad the community comes together to make it possible for folks to stay in their homes as long as possible. Kudos to all those who give their time and the local merchants who support them!

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