The Salisbury Community Appearance and Salisbury Housing Advocacy Commissions will host their tenth annual “BlockWork” neighborhood beautification project, in the 200 block of South Clay Street, Saturday, October 24, on “National Make a Difference Day” and Sunday, October 25.
“We are excited to once again offer BlockWork,” said Alyssa Nelson, City liaison for the BlockWork project. “For the safety of our volunteers and staff, we decided to have a two-day BlockWork event. This will allow us to have volunteers social distanced while still completing projects. The event will look different this year but we remain committed to making a difference in our community.”
BlockWork is a grass-roots program developed in 2010 by the Community Appearance Commission's Neighborhood Leaders Alliance (NLA). The event strives to bring residents and community volunteers together to build cleaner and safer neighborhoods, one block at a time.
Nine 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 N. Main Street.
Projects include carpentry, painting, landscaping and general clean-up in a one-block area. Long-term maintenance responsibility is assumed by block property owners, residents, and neighborhood participants.
Volunteers are needed to help preserve the beauty and charm of this year’s BlockWork neighborhood. To volunteer, please complete an application online at salisburync.gov/BlockWork. When signing up, please indicate the type of work you’d like to do. Volunteers will be scheduled in shifts for this year’s event.
The deadline to sign-up to volunteer is Friday, October 16 – volunteers will receive their volunteer assignment via email the week of the event. For questions or a printed application, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Alyssa Nelson at 704.638.5235.