ENGLEWOOD — A group in Englewood is hosting a community clean-up day on Saturday to spruce up the neighborhood.
Imagine Englewood If, an organization that aims to improve the quality of life in the community, will host its 9th Annual Greater Englewood Unity Day 10 a.m. Saturday at the Peace Campus, 6402 S. Honore Street.
Dubbed “Chicago’s Biggest Community Cleanup,” dozens of neighbors are expected to gather for the pre-summer event to clean up trash from the streets, distribute plants and celebrate goodness in Englewood.
This year, organizers hope to clean up 100 blocks and vacant lots, distribute garden pots to 25 families for vegetable gardens and beautify the We Grow Chicago Peace Campus — a once abandoned neighbors’ house turned into a community center.
“Unity Day is the day that brings Greater Englewood together,” said Aja Metcalf, Collaborative Partner at Imagine Englewood If. “It’s a day for all of us to get out there and help spruce up the trade corridor. We want to continue to increase the visibility of our Englewood spaces. This requires a collective effort. »
The Englewood Group also hopes to raise $50,000 to support youth programs, such as an all-girls book club and summer camp, and pay for a 10-week internship for 10 students.
The community cleanup day will end with lunch, a raffle and an awards ceremony, organizers said.
“We hope to get everyone involved so there is one voice, one sound in Englewood, so we are working together to make Englewood a better place,” Metcalf said.
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