On Saturday, June 2, Neighborhood Works celebrated its 40th anniversary as an organization in America and 31st in Chicago by cleaning up the 5900 and 6000 blocks of South Campbell Avenue. A group of over 100 people comprised of corporate volunteers, Campbell Avenue locals, and police gathered at 8:30 in the morning to start cleaning. The team worked hard for over three hours mowing lawns, painting walls and fences, planting flowers, cleaning yards, weeding, and more. In total, they were able to fix up twenty-two properties within the two-block stretch. Finally, when the work was all done, the group convened and ate lunch together to celebrate their hard work.
The heart of their efforts was a vacant house located at 6036 S. Campbell Avenue. The building was purchased by Brinshore from the Cook County Bank, and NHS will be funding an owner occupant of the home as a step towards reclaiming the block for the community. Additionally, a phone tree was created for the members of the community to keep them better connected and to bring residents closer together.
SWOP now owns five properties on these two blocks, and continues to work towards the goal of helping establish a strong, safe, and happy community.