Promise Neighborhood to hold service project on Martin Luther King Day

Jan 12, 2018
The Springfield Promise Neighborhood will do a community service project to improve its community garden. Bill Lackey/Staff

A local organization is asking for help and support for a service project on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The Springfield Promise Neighborhood is a nonprofit focused on reducing poverty and creating more opportunities for residents of the city’s south side, including improving students academic success. The U.S. has 16 Promise Zones nationwide.

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The zone is built around four Springfield City elementary schools — Lincoln, Kenwood, Perrin Woods and Fulton. Kali Lawrence is the executive administrator for Springfield Promise and she said the program is designed to alleviate poverty.

One of the projects is a community garden near Lincoln Elementary.

“We have a partnership with the organization that owns the land, the Fuller Center for Housing,” she said.

The community garden is located on Linden Avenue.

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“It primarily offers raised beds for families or individuals who want to grow their own food.” Lawrence said. “This all came from the wishes of residents to see more fresh, local, healthy foods in their neighborhood.”

The day of service will be an art project, Lawrence said, to advertise and raise awareness about the community garden. A mural eventually will be installed at the garden, as well as paving stones so paths can be laid in the garden. Clay pots will also be installed so plants can be grown in them. The project aligns with the vision of the Civil Rights leader, she said.

“One of Martin Luther King’s primary messages was to participate as a citizen and participate as a resident and do something positive, something visible so people can see and understand that there are positive things happening,” she said.

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At this time a few groups from Wittenberg University have signed up to work on the project. Lawrence hopes more people will show up to help.

The service project will begin at noon Monday, Jan. 15, and will end at 3 p.m. The work will be held inside at 2337 E. High St. because of the weather.