Posted on Monday, May 2, 2011 by Michael
Erin Kranichfeld wrote a great piece for Sunday’s #BTV Free Press. She opens with…
I’m not a Green Up Day organizer, and I never have been. And this year, there was no way: I had a previous engagement and just couldn’t do it.
But about two weeks ago, when the snow started melting in my neighborhood — around Hyde Street — I noticed a lot of really nasty trash everywhere. I decided to do something about it. I posted an appeal on Front Porch Forum and instantly got responses from about 10 people.
I didn’t have a plan; I didn’t have maps. I went out to the drug store and bought garbage bags and some latex gloves. About 12 people showed up that Saturday at the Hyde Street triangle. In three or four hours we covered streets between North Willard Avenue and Rose Street; along North Winooski Avenue down to Pearl Street.
We filled 24 big garbage bags with trash.
That’s great! Good for her and her neighbors. She also wrote…
Our unofficial green-up was such an easy thing to do; something I just decided at the spur of the moment. Obviously, it wasn’t something I could do on my own. But it was simple and quick to organize.
We hear this feedback again and again from people who use Front Porch Forum to pull people together — whether it’s for politics, helping someone in need, organizing a block party, getting potholes filled, or cleaning up the neighborhood — getting neighbors informed and organized is much easier once FPF arrives and is embraced.
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