Activities and Accomplishments
Community Enhancement Partners with Mid-Cities Civic Association in Celebrating Community Success
Pam Cooper was invited to be the guest speaker at the Mid-Cities Civic Association celebration event. She was able to highlight the community successes and to share new programs that will benefit the residents of Mid-Cities in 2019.
The civic members were delighted to hear about future projects in the Jefferson Davis Corridor such as sidewalks, a market study for Northern Route 1, Bensley Park improvements, Bensley Community Cleanup event in April and a community garden in Mid-Cities in 2019. Pam reminded the civic members that they have the power to “jump start” their neighborhood. She left them with encouraging words such as; Dare to Dream, Stir up a Little Hope, Reinvent the Village in the Heart of the County, Build on What’s Good to Make Your Community Better and Take the Time to Enjoy your New Community.
Mid-Cities Association is looking forward to positive change in 2019.
Enon Community Clean-up
On November 10, 2018, Community Enhancement partnered with Residents, Churches, Scouts, Thomas Dale High School, Greater Richmond ARC and Chesterfield County Community Police for a neighborhood clean-up. The event was successful in engaging the community and educating residents. The turnout was incredible.
|Trash/Unwanted items||20 tons|
|Vegetative Debris||2 truck loads|
Second Annual Coat Drive
Keep Chesterfield Beautiful team collaborated with the Department of Community Enhancement, A Place of Miracles Café, and St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church to provide coats, hats, and gloves for the less fortunate. These items will be distributed in Chesterfield County and the county’s gateway communities.
The Department of Community Enhancement and Keep Chesterfield Beautiful team work together to enhance, restore, and maintain the quality of the county’s neighborhoods and business communities. The department enjoys “giving back” to the community on a regular basis.
Community Cleanup - Greenfield
On November 3, 2018, members of Community Enhancement along with volunteers did a Community Cleanup in half of Greenfield Subdivision (approx. 240 homes). Our efforts were supported by Greenfield residents, volunteers, Greater Richmond ARC and Chesterfield County.
Engaging the community was accomplished by:
- Educational door-to-door contact
- Encouraging neighbors to connect with each other
- Making this more than a cleanup
- Celebrating this community as a success
|Trash/Unwanted items removed
Bulky Waste Community Cleanup - Engaging the Community
On October 6, 2018, Community Enhancement along with volunteers did a Bulky Waste clean up in Matoaca Manor. Our goal was to engage the community, conduct a "Walk Through" with Police Officers, Code Officers and Volunteers. The following was accomplished:
- Connected with residents
- Volunteer opportunities were created
- Residents were grateful and expressed their desire to keep improving their neighborhood
We would like to thank the following for all their support received during this clean up:
- Chesterfield County's Police Department
- Community Enhancement Code Inspectors and Keep Chesterfield Beautiful team.
- Greater Richmond ARC
|Results - Matoaca Manor|
|Trash / Household Items||8 tons|
CDBG Partners with project:HOMES
The Department of Community Enhancement annually allocates federal grant funding to project: HOMES, a nonprofit organization, for home repairs to income-eligible homeowners in Chesterfield County. In 2018, the county’s Code Enforcement team referred two homeowners to project: HOMES to address their property maintenance issues on the exterior of their homes, both of which are in the Clover Hill district. The photos depict before and after of one of the homes. The homeowner was extremely thankful for the beautiful work that project: HOMES accomplished.
Bulky Waste Cleanup - Alice Heights - Engaging the Community
On September 22, 2018 - members of the Department of Community Enhancement, Community Police Officers, Code Officers, Greater Richmond ARC, Chesterfield County's Keep Chesterfield Beautiful team and volunteers came together and cleaned up their neighborhood. Connections were made, new volunteer opportunities were created and residents expressed their desire to keep improving the neighborhood and were grateful for Chesterfield's assistance.
|Results - Alice Heights|
|Trash/Unwanted household items removed||12 tons|
Salem Church Back to School "BASH"
On August 30, 2018, Salem Church Elementary Schools PTA hosted a Back to School Bash. The PTA's mission was to encourage the students to participate in giving back to the community and being an outstanding "STAR".
Chesterfield County's Department of Community Enhancement was there to share volunteer opportunities and well as educational materials. The students were eager to learn about earning community service hours and receiving a appreciation certificate.
Over 150 students and parents visited the Community Enhancement booth where they received educational facts, volunteer information, brochures and a fun giveaway!
Making a Difference in the Dale and Bermuda Districts
The Department of Community Enhancement was contacted by neighbors concerned about a Senior's home in the Dale District, who because of an illness, was unable to take care of his home or property. Community Enhancement was able to put them in contact with Mt. Vernon "outreach" teams managed by Sarah Kyle.
This youth team was delighted to split wood, rake, and clean up the yard to prevent a Notice of Violation letter. Due to this act of kindness, we found out that the senior needed a cooling/heating system. He was referred to Social Services to assist with resources.
Another one of Mt. Vernon’s team was at Aberdeen Road in Bensley to assist a senior with yard work. The beautiful home was transformed in four hours by this amazing youth group.
Chesterfield County thanks Sarah Kyle and her three teams for loving Chesterfield County! We appreciate your support and dedication in making a difference in Chesterfield County.