Activities and Accomplishments
"A place to feel safe and warm": Maggie Walker Community Land Trust Chesterfield Home Project
The Maggie Walker Community Land Trust completed it’s first home project in Chesterfield County Wednesday.
“Its a place to feel safe and warm and it’s yours and that’s something you don’t get when you live in a rental unit,” said Daniel Cohen, director for community enhancement.
The Maggie Walker Community Land Trust hopes to rehab and sell about eight more houses by 2020. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in owning a MWCLT home.
Community Enhancement Awarded the Government Community Partner Award
On August 27, 2019, Chesterfield County was awarded the Community Partner Award by Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity (RMHFH). The Department of Community Enhancement Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) has partnered with RMHFH for the past 5 years to complete critical exterior home repairs for 37 low to moderate income residents. In Fiscal year 2020, RMHFH anticipates completing an additional 8 home repair projects in the County, with a focus on the northern Jefferson Davis Highway Corridor.
Be the Good Neighbor Educational Mobile Unit
Community Enhancement’s Keep Chesterfield Beautiful program launched the new “Be the Good Neighbor” mobile unit at the 2019 National Night Kickoff event held at Westchester Commons on June 29. Over 200 people visited the trailer which displayed tips on how to be the good neighbor and ways to revitalize their neighborhood. “Mike” the talking mailbox, welcomed the guests and encouraged them to be the “light” in the community as they took a LED key chain light. “Tim” the talking frog, entertained and encouraged the children to be environmental stewards and neighborhood super heroes. The adults and children enjoyed the musical activity boxes which shared ways to make a difference in the community.
Community Enhancement Joins Ironbridge Baptist Church in Celebrating National Night Out
On August 6, 2019, the "Be a Good Neighbor" mobile unit educated citizens on the importance of being a good neighbor. The event gave the citizens an opportunity to share issues that were affecting their neighborhood. Nick Yoss, Summer Benton, Kathy Wilhelm and Pam Cooper shared resources to help resolve some of the neighborhood issues and challenged them to get to know their neighbors, lend a helping hand, get involved and take pride in the community.
“Mike” the talking mailbox welcomed guests and displayed curb appeal. “Tim” the talking frog trashcan taught the children to be environmental stewards and made them feel like neighborhood super-heroes. Citizens enjoyed the educational tips, music and giveaways.
Community Enhancement looks forward to celebrating National Night Out in 2020.
Arbor Day Tree Planting
The planting project at LaPrade Library on Saturday, April 27th, was in celebration of Arbor Day (April 26). Clover Hill district improvement funds covered the purchase and delivery costs of six large Yoshino Cherry trees and planting supplies from Crosscreek Nursery (a local nursery in the Clover Hill district). Community volunteers joined Mr. Winslow and staff from county Parks and Recreation, Libraries, and Community Enhancement, to beautify the front landscape area of the library. We enjoyed perfect weather and ideal planting conditions. Parks and Recreation staff taught members of Cub Scout Pack 836 how to plant large trees from planter pots, and gave them hands-on experience in helping all aspects of planting the six trees. Afterwards, we enjoyed a reception with refreshments donated by Friends of the Library. This project illustrates the power of teamwork and the beautiful results of getting our hands dirty to enhance our community.
Photos of this event are courtesy of Jennifer Shipley from the Libraries (thanks, Jennifer!).
Courthouse Road Median Tree Planting
In November, the Chesterfield County Department of Community Enhancement worked with The Greater Richmond ARC and Cross Creek Nursery on two separate projects to plant 48 Yoshino Cherry and Vitex trees along the medians on Courthouse Road. These new trees were planted in six different median locations between Rockwood Park and Stonehenge subdivision, adding to the beautification of this major community corridor.
Greenfield Community Clean-Up
The department of Community Enhancement, Soar365, Choice and Keep Chesterfield Beautiful team rallied to finish the Greenfield neighborhood sweep which started on November 3, 2018. On May 18, sixteen (16) tons of unwanted household debris was collected and 3,800 pounds of metal which was recycled. A special “thank you” to Officer Dietrich and Captain Grohowski for volunteering their time to assist with this endeavor on such a warm day. Greenfield is now shining!
Community Enhancement "Lights Up" Chesterfield
Community Enhancement’s Streetlight Program was developed to fund streetlight improvements as part of the department’s community cleanup activities. This program will refer frequently to Chesterfield County’s existing street light policy and has similar criteria and processes. To be considered for this program, the neighborhood must be part of a community cleanup event sponsored by Community Enhancement. For questions or to apply, contact 804-748-1229.
Matoaca Manor was the first to apply for a street light under the new program. After meeting all the requirements, Matoaca Manor will receive the dusk to dawn pole light in June 2019.
Community Enhancement’s program also offers dusk to dawn LED solar lights to brighten up specific areas of the county such as common areas, cul-de-sacs and pedestrian walkways. Community Enhancement placed a prototype LED solar light at the Falling Creek Ironworks Park on Jefferson Davis Highway. The results were welcomed by Parks and Recreation staff and the citizens in that area.
Solar LED Light installed at Falling Creek Ironworks Park on May 3, 2019
Community Enhancement Rally Partners to Beautify Ridgedale Parkway
Welcoming guests to Chesterfield for the TYR Pro Series hosted by Swim RVA April 10-13, 2019 was important to Chesterfield County’s Department of Community Enhancement. This event is the highest caliber swimming event to come to Virginia. The only way for this project to be completed on time was to partner with other county departments, volunteers, and vendors to discuss how to best provide resources and services. The project was challenging due to time constraints and weather, but the partners were determined to make the event successful. Thank you Soar365, Chesterfield Department of Transportation, VDOT, Judy and Pete Gotwals, Jessica Banton, Keep Chesterfield Beautiful team and Community Enhancement. Teamwork at its best!
Community Enhancement Partners with Amazon on a Community Clean Sweep
The department of Community Enhancement partnered with Amazon for a Bermuda District community clean-up, which consisted of 26 streets and 809 homes. There were bags of clothes, old toys, rocking chairs, TV's, sinks, a toilet, and more.
Oh! Did I happen to mention this was all in the RAIN!
With the help of our volunteers, friends, SOAR 365, and CE, we were able to get everything picked up. The more we volunteer, the more we can help our community. COME JOIN THE FUN!