[Blog Post by Shataura Clayborne, West Willow Community Development Director and Faith Relations Coordinator]
On October 10, the weather was perfectly beautiful for a neighborhood-wide clean up day in West Willow. Residents and community volunteers came out to help pick up trash, rake leaves and plant fall bulbs. The neighborhood’s Victory Garden was put to bed for the winter and lots of tasty veggies were harvested – all kinds of tomatoes, green beans, eggplant, green peppers, and various greens. We can look forward to tulips and daffodils blooming in the Spring and our community looks better due to our efforts.
Some of our elderly and home-bound neighbors were able to have their yards spruced up with leaves raked and bulbs planted. This project was sponsored by the Litter, Trash and Debris Community Action Team in West Willow, one of the resident-led groups working to address issues in the neighborhood. As one of five action teams, residents are working to make their neighborhood better in meaningful ways to them, solving problems they believe will make West Willow a better place to live and raise a family. The other Community Action Teams are Neighbor Relations, Vandalism and Break-Ins, Drug Activity, and Youth Relations and Activities. Activities that each Action Team is doing are funded through the 2015 Lowe’s Grant that Habitat Huron Valley was awarded to invest in the West Willow neighborhood. Residents are putting these funds to work for the betterment of the entire neighborhood.