Community partners have increasingly asked for our assistance with community development projects, driving up the number of volunteer opportunities and service projects we are able to complete. Community development projects include painting curbs, playground equipment and retaining walls; cleaning up common areas; removing graffiti; digging swales; mitigating erosion and runoff into area waterways; planting trees and clearing overgrowth. Community development projects impact many residents. They improve the health and well-being of residents by revitalizing public areas, removing blight, improving water quality and generally giving residents improved access to public areas and a better sense of well-being and safety.
Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope through its Neighborhood Revitalization program (NR). The NR program aims to serve more families by engaging the residents of neighborhoods and other community partners to revive neighborhoods and make them safe, inviting places to live. The NR program delivers a wide array of housing solutions such as preserving homes with exterior repairs; providing critical home repairs that alleviate critical health, life and safety issues or housing code violations; rehabbing vacant and foreclosed homes to provide home ownership opportunities for low-income families; and improving the energy efficiency of homes through weatherization.