Many localized efforts are underway to restore flood damaged neighborhoods to their pre-flood beauty. Not all of these are known to the City as many are simply doing what they can, when they can to assist friends, neighbors, loved ones and strangers.
One program that is being organized with a focus on individual neighborhoods and their specific needs is the Rebuilding Neighborhoods program. A kickoff neighborhood was selected, in conjunction with a group of Minot State University Honors students with an interest in raising awareness and community spirit.
The groups held a volunteer cleanup event on Saturday, April 14 to help the area north of 3rd Ave. NW and south of the Mouse River/Ramstad Loop.
The Honors Class along with the MACF Rebuilding Neighborhoods program is also hosting a block party for this neighborhood on Friday, April 20 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The purpose of the block party is to bring the residents back together for a time to catch up, share future plans, receive informational postcards from key assistance groups and maybe even coordinate rebuilding efforts. Scheduled to attend the block party are some of the many organizations and agencies that provide assistance and information related to flood recovery.
This event marks the beginning of many more neighborhood cleanups and block parties to take place over the next few months, under the direction of the Rebuilding Neighborhoods program. If your volunteer group or agency would like to assist with future Rebuilding Neighborhoods events contact Kristi Berg at 852-1840 for more information.