Groups to Hold Clean-up Event in Orangedale, Prospect Neighborhoods

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Release from the Albemarle Housing Improvement Program:

Charlottesville, VA — April 15, 2016 — AHIP Home Repair Nonprofit and the Fifeville Neighborhood Association (FNA) are partnering on the first-ever community clean up of the Orangedale neighborhood from 9 am - 2 pm on Saturday, April 16.

Dozens of volunteers will be working alongside local residents to clean up the public spaces of the neighborhood and deliver full trash bags to the dumpsters for residents not able to do so.

“The Orangedale clean-up that the amazing Carmelita Wood and other neighbors organized is a perfect example of how these Neighborhood Development grants are supposed to be used—for community projects that will improve the city,” said Charlottesville City Mayor and Fifeville Neighborhood Association President Mike Signer. “I’m glad the Fifeville Neighborhood Association was able to successfully advocate for the grant proposal and am grateful for AHIP’s generous willingness to serve as the sponsoring nonprofit.”

AHIP is actively working in the Orangedale & Prospect neighborhood doing housing rehab and repair work for homeowners and renters. In researching one of the newest target-area Block-by-Block projects, AHIP surveyed all neighborhood residents to determine the need for home repair services, the existing conditions, and other community concerns. One suggestion from the neighborhood was the need for a community clean-up day. And the FNA jumped right in to help organize the event.

“We are so pleased to be a part of this,” Jennifer Jacobs, AHIP executive director, said. “Our Orangedale neighbors take a lot of pride in their homes and in their neighborhood, and we are grateful to the city, to our partners, and to the families for making this effort possible.”

Several groups will be onsite to help, including members of the FNA, Junior League of Charlottesville, Abundant Life Ministries, and other individuals volunteering with trash removal. Representatives of Local Energy Alliance Program will be talking to residents about weatherization projects, and Piedmont Housing Alliance will have a table with materials about home ownership opportunities in the area.

Trash bags will be provided to all residents who would like to participate. Paint, tires, batteries, or any hazardous materials will not be accepted as part of this event. Questions from residents who need large items picked up or need general clean-up details should be directed to Carmelita Wood at 434-995-5663. Questions related to volunteering should be directed to Corbin Breaud, AHIP’s volunteer coordinator, at cbreaud@ahipva.org.

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