FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 12, 2017
Two 76-year-old Kansas City homeowners will be the latest beneficiaries of the ‘Love Thy Neighbor’ program. On Saturday, Sept. 16, volunteer workers from various civic and church-based organizations will refurbish the Ivanhoe neighborhood home of Charles Simon before performing similar tasks on Sept. 23 at the home of Maxine Campbell. Both improvement sessions run from 8 a.m. to noon.
Campbell has lived in her Northeast home at 814 Cypress for more than 40 years, while Simon has resided at 3325 Flora for nearly 60 years.
The ‘Love Thy Neighbor’ program is the brainchild of 5th District Councilwoman Alissia Canady, chairwoman of the city’s neighborhoods and public safety committee. The city’s Neighborhoods and Housing Services Department (NHSD) provides organizational assistance, but ‘Love Thy Neighbor’ is a volunteer program that is not funded by the City of Kansas City.
“‘Love Thy Neighbor’ volunteers make minor repairs and do yard work at homes owned by senior citizens and persons with disabilities who have received citations for code violations, but are physically or financially unable to do the work,” said Shawn Kirkwood, NHSD diversion coordinator and coordinator of the ‘Love Thy Neighbor’ initiative. Kirkwood has identified several other homeowners throughout the City who could benefit from ‘Love Thy Neighbor’ effort, but said it can only continue if and when other congregations and neighborhood groups come forward and express interest in volunteering.
Volunteer groups participating in this latest effort include Mount Nebo Church, Bethel Family Worship Center, Alpha Phi Alpha, Urban Rangers, 100 Men of Blue Hills, Westside Housing Organization, Wright Lawn and Landscaping and the city’s NHSD, Municipal Court and City Council. Work on each home includes light carpentry, painting, trash removal and landscaping.
For more information, contact Neighborhoods and Housing Services Department Communications/Community Liaison John Baccala at 816-513-3202 or by email.