Grove City Record

Volunteers eager for fourth Beulah Community Cleanup

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Several Grove City groups are coming together to give a neighborhood a polish.

On Saturday, May 18, volunteers from the city, the Grove City Town Center Inc., ACTS (Area Churches Together Serving) of Grove City and the neighborhood will participate in Beulah Community Cleanup Day.

The volunteers will do painting, home repair, lawn care, large item removal and exterior cleaning for those residents who need the help.

Properties that register with the program will receive up to $400 worth of work to cover the cost of painting and repairs.

"Beulah's going to look like a different neighborhood at the end of the day," said Don Walters, the city's community/business relations officer. "It's such a positive thing for the city and neighborhood working together."

Walters said the desire for a cleanup day in the Beulah neighborhood stemmed from a series of meetings between the neighbors and the city about housing and property code violations in the area and ways to curb vandalism.

With many elderly residents in the neighborhood and many out-of-town property owners, the meetings resulted in the creation of the Beulah Block Watch and the commitment for a cleanup.

Some of the work involved will include painting, removing large items from yards, mowing lawns, removing shrubs and maintenance work around homes.

"For somebody elderly, that's difficult," said Deputy City Administrator Bill Vedra.

Skilled volunteers, such as carpenters and electricians, will be coming from ACTS of Grove City.

"We wanted to show our community the churches care about more than our building ... and demonstrate the churches have a great relationship with each other," said Buckeye Christian Church Pastor Stan Kirtlan.

Kirtlan said this will be the fourth year that 16 area churches will be participating in ACTS. While the churches will be helping out at Beulah on May 18, their scope extends to other projects in the area.

"We prefer to help the people who really need the help," he said.

Other volunteers will be coming through the Grove City Town Center.

"It's a beautiful neighborhood with a lot of historic value," said Andy Furr, the organization's executive director. "These folks are the lifeblood of the town center."

Furr said the work will be labor intensive but kid-friendly as long as parents accompany their children.

"We'd like to get all ages involved," he said.

Maria Cole, the Beulah block watch coordinator, said these efforts have really brought the neighborhood together and neighbors are supporting and getting to know each other.

"We're growing," she said. "We're growing in relationships and as a community. ... It is just amazing."

Residents looking to have their homes included as part of cleanup day or to volunteer can register by calling 614-539-8762 or emailing info@grovecitytowncenter.org. Registration to be a part of cleanup day must be completed by Wednesday, March 27. Volunteers must register by Friday, April 19.

More information on ACTS can be found at actsingrovecity.com.

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