Friday, October 2, 2009

Old Southwest Wins Best Neighborhood Project at State Conference

AfterThe Old Southwest neighborhood won Best Neighborhood Project 2009 for “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” annual  Virginia Statewide Neighborhood Conference held in Chesterfield County on Sept. 24-26.

Neighborhoods from all over the Commonwealth met in Chesterfield County for the 10th anniversary of the VA Statewide Neighborhood Conference. Roanoke neighborhood activist and founder Estelle McCadden chaired the three day event along with commtte members from several localities in Virginia.

Speakers addressed attendees during the conference and touched on the importance of neighborhoods and their dedication in the community. Workshops were held throughout the conference including mobile tours of several neighborhoods in surrounding Chesterfield and the City of Richmond.

A town hall meeting took place which allowed residents an opportunity to discuss topics of interest which included many positive activities taking place throughout their community. Virginia and Florida are the only two states in the nation that hold a statewide neighborhood conference. On Saturday awards were presented to winners in several different categories. Old Southwest, Inc. won Best Neighborhood Project for their annual “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” event which assists a neighbor in need that otherwise is not financially or physically able to perform maintenance on their home. Volunteers both inside 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 major fund raising event, help off-set the cost of materials used for the 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 provides 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.

Old Southwest was awarded Best Neighborhood Organization in 2007 for VA Statewide; in 2008 they received 2nd place in the nation at NUSA (Neighborhoods USA) for Best Neighborhood of the Year and this year take home 1st place for Best Neighborhood Project in Virginia. Roanoke will host the Statewide Conference in 2010-

Submitted by Tim Taylor

Posted By Valerie Garner

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