With Clean Your Block Party rapidly approaching on Saturday, we thought it would be good to share a few ideas to help with planning. This event promises to be a great experience for everyone to help and develop pride in their community. So here are a few things you will need and some stuff you may want to add.
People: Obviously you are going to need people, but you also need motivated leaders to keep everyone going. As the day warms up and people get dirty you are going to need leaders to keep people excited about what they are doing. It is also important that everyone has a clear vision of what projects you are working on. That way teams can divide up and more effectively tackle all the aspects.
Plan: You have your neighbors organized and ready to seize the day. Now you need an idea of what everyone wants to accomplish. Without out a plan, people will just go out and try to find something to do, but this is not the most economical way to spend the day. Without direction, it is easy for some volunteers to become disillusioned with the project and decide to call it a day. Everyone likes checking things off a list so maybe have a whiteboard where people can cross off tasks. This also allows everyone to see how much they have improved the neighborhood.
Safety: The great thing about events like this is that it brings people of all ages and abilities together. So it’s important to remember that some people manage heat and physical exertion differently. Make sure to have cold water on hand, encourage people to take breaks, and keep drinking water. It’s easy to forget to take care of yourself when you are working with an enthusiastic group. Also, make sure people are taking proper precautions. As you pick things up you can come into contact with hazardous materials, sharp objects, or wildlife. Make sure people are wearing gloves, appropriate attire, and footwear. Work together and continue to check on each other to make sure everyone has a safe experience.
Recognition: When it’s over, make sure you recognize everyone’s contributions. When people feel appreciated they take pride in what they do. This may help keep people motivated to continue maintaining an orderly neighborhood. Once people are invested you will likely see a lot less garbage to clean up next year so you can focus on new projects.
Optional After Party: A great way to continue the community building is to have a potluck cookout after you all are finished. Everyone can go home to wash up, then return to a designated spot where you can continue to get to know your neighbors and celebrate all that you have achieved.
We hope that everyone has a wonderful day and are excited to see how you beautified Durham. During and after the event please share your hard work on Social media and be sure to tag us in it. Here are some ideas you can use for inspiration:
We care about your neighborhood because we are a community. That’s why we cleaned our block! @DurhamBeautiful #cleanYOURblock #Durham
Our neighborhood is building community while cleaning up the block. This is how we celebrate where we live here in [Insert Community Name]. @KeepDurhamBeatuiful #cleanYOURblock #Durham #NorthCarolina #[InstertCommunityName]Neighborhood.
We had a great time cleaning up our community. This block is now clean! Thank you to all the volunteers. @DurhamBeautiful #cleanYOURblock
Look at how much better our block looks! This is how the community in [Insert Neighborhood Name] does it. Thank you to everyone who came out and helped. @KeepDurhamBeatiful #cleanYOURblock #Durham #NorthCarolina #[InsertCommunityName]Neighborhood