• Felecia Gilmore-Long

NeighborWorks Week! | cdc monthly - June 2018

On Saturday, June 9th volunteers led by CDC of Tampa, Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County and Painters on Demand gathered in the Jackson Heights neighborhood in East Tampa to provide a painting makeover for one lucky resident, and landscape seven recently-built nearby homes.

The beautification day was part of a week-long, national celebration of neighborhood improvement activities recognized as NeighborWorks Week 2018.

During NeighborWorks Week (June 2-9) CDC of Tampa and other NeighborWorks network members across the country mobilized tens of thousands of residents, business people and government officials for a week of neighborhood change and awareness. More than 150 events were held nationwide, including CDC of Tampa’s Jackson Heights event.

This year’s NeighborWorks Week theme was “Advancing Opportunity,” as NeighborWorks organizations like CDC of Tampa advance opportunity by empowering local residents and communities with the tools, skills and services needed to help everyone thrive.

“For the past two years, we’ve been hard at work developing new single-family homes in Jackson Heights,” said Ernest Coney, CDC of Tampa’s President & CEO. “So far, we’ve completed seven—with six more on the way. But our goal has always been for these new homes to help lift up the entire area. So we’re excited to bring some fresh paint and TLC to Mrs. McIntyre’s home, to show in a very tangible way how new home construction can be a beacon of light for an entire neighborhood.”

Partnership are key to the success of NeighborWorks Week, and community endeavors all year-round.

For the June 9th project, CDC of Tampa would like to recognize its key partners: Jackson Heights Neighborhood Association, Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County’s home preservation team, as well as the staff and trainees of Painters On Demand—a locally-owned business committed to making a difference in the community.

Mrs. McIntyre, owner of the home chosen certainly agreed. “I’m so grateful for CDC and their partners to come out to help my house and yard look beautiful!”

If all goes well, Mrs. McIntyre’s home will be the first in a line of resident-owned homes to receive this kind of makeover in the months to come.




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