As part of the county-wide Columbus Volunteer Challenge, 20+ volunteers came out today to help Homeport clean up the streets in NoBo and the surrounding KLD community. This one event was the first in a series of community projects that continue over the five-day CVC. A grant from sponsoring organization United Way of Central Ohio equipped Homeport volunteers with all the tools they would need to make a sizable impact in this four-hour service event.
Homeport's efforts aimed to beautify the neighborhood through a number of tasks. A litter pick-up that collected over 15 bags of trash and recyclables set the stage appropriately for two other projects that would stand out a bit more.
The carryout at the corner of E Long St and N 20th St received a much-needed makeover - involving removing worn and tattered signage, taking down an old, extra payphone, and covering up graffiti with a fresh coat of paint. And steps away from the carryout, volunteers worked tirelessly cutting out stencils and painting sheets of plywood with chalkboard paint - laying the foundation for two interactive, mobile murals that will soon be making their way throughout the neighborhood. Stay tuned for updates on the mural deployments!
Throughout the day, and even leading up to the event, we received fantastic support from business owners and residents alike. With today's projects being just the latest in a line of initiatives set to Retune the King-Lincoln District, it will be exciting to see how the community pride continues to grow into the future.