Douglass/Sumner Operation Facelift 2016
Each year, the Douglass-Sumner Neighborhood Association hosts a neighborhood clean-up event to celebrate Earth Day and promote community engagement. On May 9, 2015, more than 80 volunteers participated in the annual event helping to remove more than two tons of trash and debris.
Thirty-five students from Sumner Academy arrived bright and early to provide support to Douglass-Sumner residents. Volunteers from across the KC Metro included local church congregation members, volunteers from LISC of Greater Kanas City and Communities Creating Opportunity, and several community service workers. Students and volunteers walked neighborhood streets picking up trash and removing debris from vacant lots.
The Douglass-Sumner Neighborhood Association worked with the Unified Government of Wyandotte County to have streets readied for the annual event. Public works was instrumental in removing more than a dozen loads of trash, brush, old tires and sweepings from the neighborhood. Commissioner Harold Johnson was present to support community efforts and commend the work taking place in Douglass-Sumner.
Volunteers were treated to a picnic lunch, funded by LISC and served by neighborhood residents. Members of the Douglass-Sumner Neighborhood Association also organized a drumline performance from students of Brady Percussion Academy. Smiles were contagious and spirits were high despite the weather!
Maintaining the physical environment of the neighborhood can reduce crime and increase the overall health of residents. The neighborhood clean-up event also provides an opportunity for social fellowship, intrinsic well-being, and increased pride in the community. Douglass-Sumner Neighborhood Association continues to focus on efforts, like this one, which enhance the physical environment while increasing community pride and social connections.
Join the Douglass-Sumner Neighborhood Association for Operation Facelift this year on May 14, 2016 between 9:00AM and 2:00PM. For additional information, check out our calendar of events.