POUGHKEEPSIE, NY (May 29, 2014) – NeighborWorks Week 2014 is approaching and the Middle Main Initiative is celebrating with multiple events taking place on June 14th at the Pocket Park, 517 Main Street. Mark your calendar with these upcoming events starting with a Middle Main Cleanup from 9am to 11am. From 9am to 12pm, volunteers are needed to paint garbage pails that will be placed outside Middle Main businesses during the next cleanup. At the site, local youth will be planting the pocket park’s first ever community garden from 9am to 12pm.
NeighborWorks America and its network of local organizations bring volunteers together during NeighborWorks Week for neighborhood change and awareness. The Middle Main Cleanup brings community members together to beautify the area in many ways. The Cleanup beautifies public areas, promotes a clean city, and improves the quality of life for residents and businesses. Local residents, business owners and employees, students and seniors, and all who are concerned about the state of the neighborhood are encouraged to join in this spring cleanup. The painting of the garbage pails are in coordination of the Middle Main Cleanups. Middle Main businesses will adopt a painted garbage pail and place it outside during cleanups and be responsible for disposing the trash. The Community Garden Planting is being run by the local youth that will be installing beds to grow a variety of both edible and flowering plants. There will also be a Community Yard Sale from 9am to 4pm in support of the fundraiser for La Guelaguetza Festival on August 3rd.
The Middle Main Initiative is a program of Hudson River Housing. Through advocacy, collaboration, and action the initiative aims to make Middle Main a strong, vibrant, and creative neighborhood of choice in Poughkeepsie. The Middle Main neighborhood encompasses a five-block section of Main Street between Academy Street and Pershing Avenue in the City of Poughkeepsie. The Middle Main Initiative organizes regular neighborhood events that highlight the diverse cultural assets of the area and encourages people to support local businesses and organizations.
More information about Middle Main can be found at www.middlemain.com. More information on Hudson River Housing’s programs and services can be found at www.hudsonriverhousing.org or by calling (845) 454-5176.