CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Residents across the community are invited to participate in a series of unique neighborhood spring clean-up events hosted by the City of Cedar Rapids, Matthew 25, Neighborhood Finance Corporation, and area Neighborhood Associations.
Friends, neighbors, and family members are invited to join the final in a series of events scheduled this spring that clean-up neighborhoods and strengthen our community. The final event in this series is scheduled for May 11 in the Oak Hill Jackson neighborhood, from 9–11:30 a.m., volunteers can meet at the Metro High School parking lot (1212 7th Street).
Local neighborhood revitalization nonprofit Matthew 25 is supporting the clean-up efforts by offering the services of their Mobile Tool Library at each event. Need a rake or leaf blower for a quick afternoon project? Maybe an edger, trimmer or weed whacker to beautify your yard? Stop by one of the events to borrow a tool, courtesy of Matthew 25.
Neighborhood groups will also take the City Manager’s 1-Bag Challenge to pick up litter from area streets. The City of Cedar Rapids will provide litter collection kits and dispose of litter collected during the events. The Solid Waste and Recycling Department will also operate an extended branch and brush collection program in the neighborhoods during the event, as well as their mini litter vacuum. Residents can dispose of bulky branches in their waste collection area for pickup.
“Friendly, clean, and inviting neighborhoods are an important part of civic pride,” says City Manager Jeff Pomeranz, who began the 1-Bag Challenge in 2012. “If each of our able residents picked up one bag of litter each year, we’d absolutely be one of the cleanest communities in the world. This new event is a great opportunity to take the 1-Bag Challenge and make a visible difference in your neighborhood.”
"Any tools we can put into neighbors hands to help them improve their home or lawn is a win for all of us," says Clint Twedt-Ball, Matthew 25 Executive Director. "Great neighborhoods begin with great neighbors who volunteer their time to make things even better."
The cleanup events are funded in part by a grant secured by the Neighborhood Finance Corporation, a local program that provides purchase, refinance, and home improvement loans to property owners. Residents who attend the events will also have the opportunity to meet with representatives from the program. Neighborhood Finance Corporation loans are location-based, not income-based. If you live in the lending area, you could qualify to have up to $10,000 of your total home improvement loan forgiven. The program launched last fall and aims to spur revitalization in our neighborhoods. Learn more: www.cityofcr.com/nfc.
Other scheduled neighborhood clean-ups, which are not part of this grant program, include:
- May 19, 2019 — Kenwood Park Neighborhood Association
- June 22, 2019 — Westdale Area Neighborhood Association
- Be the Light Yoga & Wellness Cleanups
- June 1, 2019 — Northwest Area Neighborhood
- July 13, 2019 — Oak Hill Jackson Neighborhood
- August 3, 2019 — Wellington Heights Neighborhood
Find a full list of cleanup events and opportunities — including information on the City Manager’s 1-Bag Challenge — at www.CleanUpCR.com
All residents in Cedar Rapids are encouraged to support healthy, vibrant neighborhoods by doing their part – keeping lawns trim and neat, removing vehicles parked on lawns, and removing debris from yards. Together, we can keep our community vibrant.