29 09, 2017

BVNA Sidewalk and Curb Cleaning Fundraising Initiative

We’re excited to announce that Bella Vista Neighbors Association has launched a fundraising campaign to cover the cost of paid sidewalk and curb sweeping in our neighborhood.

We recognize that many of you are already doing your part to sweep up the sidewalk in front of your home, and even pitch in to clean up surrounding blocks. Unfortunately, it is not enough – as can be readily seen on a walk through the neighborhood. There are many blocks where, for a variety of reasons, the volume of litter simply outpaces the volunteer capacity.

BVNA regularly hears from residents that litter is their primary concern. In response, we have pursued quotes from multiple organizations. We also polled our peers, and to the best of our knowledge, all surrounding neighborhood community groups already have various organized efforts in place, whereby a third party performs routine sweeping of their sidewalks and curbs.

BVNA is therefore addressing the need and undertaking this ambitious project by partnering with a community-based non-profit, Ready, Willing & Able (RWA). RWA aims to break the cycles of homelessness, addiction, and criminal recidivism by providing paid transitional work, occupational training, housing, and comprehensive support services to homeless individuals. This is truly a win-win – for the neighborhood, and for the workers.

RWA will sweep Bainbridge, Fitzwater, Catharine, Christian and Carpenter streets, and the north side of Washington Avenue, from 6th to 11th. They will also sweep those numbered streets, with the exception of 9th south of Christian, as that is overseen by the Italian Market and has unique logistics and needs.

We’ve set up a fundraising page dedicated to this program. Bella Vista has approximately 3700 households. If just 500 of those are able to give $50 per year – it will fully fund the program. I hope you will strongly consider being a part of that group of 500, so that we can get started in Spring of 2018.

19 09, 2017

September 27 General Meeting

14 08, 2017

Aug. 28 – Sept. 1: BVNA/QVNA School Supply Drive for Nebinger

21 07, 2017

July 31: Special Meeting of Members

9 07, 2017

August 1 National Night Out