GCP in participation with the city of Gary Constituent Services and the NWI Love Your Block Program launched its 2019 Love Your Block Blight Elimination Project on June 22nd with volunteers working on several blocks of Johnson and Lincoln Streets. In all we were able to cleanup up 6 properties. We continue to maintain these properties and are looking for additional volunteers to increase the rotation of our team. Together, keeping our neighborhoods clean is a simple effort. Through resource grants that we responded to and won, we were awarded tools e.g. a lawnmower, weed wacker, and a tool shed by the city of Gary's Constituent Services.
GCP worked with community volunteers to take charge of our adopted park's decaying playground. This equipment was in disrepair and has been unusable for at least the past 4 years. We discussed some low cost options and decided to repurpose the playground and make it useful through creating DIY events for kids and adults alike! The team worked together over several weeks to disassemble and remove debris. There were several challenges that we had to overcome the most significant being financial constraints! After extensive research we found that a moderately priced quality playground would cost in the area of $25k! Knowing that this could not stop us we took two approaches 1.) Make an effort to raise the funds 2.) Repurpose an existing playground from a shuttered school. Given both ideas we embarked on our mission! We launched our campaign and reached out to the city's Parks Department. We've started to receive funds for this campaign however we are significantly short of our goal. But, as I've been told on several occasions, "Look At God!". With significant sweat equity of the community residents we were able to move a playground from a shuttered school that was in excellent condition!
We worked with youth in the community to get buyin for improving the park. Our method for getting volunteers was simple. GO! we went to the park and started working. Add some music and food and instantly we got volunteers to assist. Along the way we were able to talk about why we are doing this work, and why it is important for everyone to help keep the neighborhood clean. We most importantly wanted the kids to participate in this activity to give them skin in the game. People are more likely to take care of something if they attach ownership to it and that is exactly what we achieved!
With the help of the community we've collectively created DIY benches in the park and the basketball court. This effort has helped tremendously as there was a problem with kids turning over the garbage cans for seating. With the new benches in the park we have completely eliminated this issue! We've also refreshed an existing flowerbed with new plants and trees!
McDonalds - I'm Lovin It!
We are so grateful to the management staff of McDonalds on 5th & Johnson Street who have partnered with us! They graciously provide free meals to volunteers who participate in the community effort! This is what Gary Community Partnership is all about! The Community coming together to make a difference!
Every day GCP is changing how we see our community. Visit our park at 5th & Johnson Street and see our progress! In 2020 we will host our first of several events including a 3-3 basketball tournament and family movie night out! With your support we are moving towards completion our park beautification projects and prepare for the communities enjoyment! To do this we are hosting a $10.00 SPRINT TO WIN challenge! When you give $10.00, you are helping us forge towards our goal to host our first family movie night tentatively scheduled for June 13, 2020 at 8pm . Share this link with a friend! Your small tax-deductible sacrifice will have a significant impact on our community! Together we can change every community in Gary one neighborhood at a time! Click the link below to donate!