The Salisbury Community Appearance Commission and Salisbury Housing Advocacy Commission will be accepting BlockWork applications from Salisbury city neighborhoods beginning now through Friday, June 12. The 2020 BlockWork event has been set for Saturday, Oct. 24, on, “National Make a Difference Day."
BlockWork is a grass-roots neighborhood improvement project that strives to bring residents and community volunteers together to build cleaner and safer neighborhoods, one block at a time. On Make a Difference Day each year the City of Salisbury barricades one to two blocks in the City for BlockWork. The day is made to be an intense workday by volunteers which includes urban improvements, carpentry, landscaping, painting, other exterior home improvements, and general clean up in a one-block area. Long-term maintenance responsibility is assumed by block property owners, residents, and neighborhood participants. Citizens of Salisbury may apply for any block or blocks within the city limits. Block applications are evaluated based on demonstrated need, neighborhood willingness to participate, and potential impact on the surrounding community.
BlockWork was developed in 2010 by the Community Appearance Commission’s Neighborhood Leaders Alliance (NLA). Eight successful BlockWork events have been held since its founding, including the initial event on S. Shaver St., which earned a National Make a Difference Day award and a $10,000 prize. Last year, volunteers worked in the 900 block of North Main Street in partnership with the Salisbury Community Development Corporation and the Historic Salisbury Foundation.
For the BlockWork application, additional information, photographs and videos please visit salisburync.gov/blockwork. For questions, please call Alyssa Nelson at (704) 638-5235.
Applications can be submitted by postal mail to:
Attn: Alyssa Nelson
P O Box 479
Salisbury, NC 28145
Or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org