Friday, May 8, 2015

City Partners With Ft. Lee to Complete Service Projects



The City’s Neighbor-to-Neighbor (N2N) initiative is partnering with the U.S Army Base at Fort Lee, Virginia to perform service projects in the City of Richmond. Ft. Lee has agreed to provide approximately 40 warriors (soldiers in training) once per month to serve in Richmond. The first project will begin on Saturday, May 9, from 8 a.m. to noon, with soldiers completing beautification efforts at two city locations, Lombardy and Park Avenue Triangle, and Petronius S. Jones Park.

“This partnership provides a tremendous resource for civic engagements to help strengthen our city’s neighborhoods,” said Mayor Dwight C. Jones. “Our nation’s military personnel stand ready to protect the freedoms we enjoy and I hope their willingness to volunteer inspires others to join in supporting their communities and neighbors with a commitment to service.”

The Lombardy and Park Avenue Triangle project, 347 North Lombardy Street, includes the removal and installation of lumber borders, removal and refill of sand, installation of 6x6 foot permeable pavers, clear extended sand lot, and removal of old signage. The Petronius S. Jones Park project, 1714 Idlewood Avenue, includes the spreading of mulch, weeding, and the spreading of gravel onto trails.

“It is important for our young Warriors to understand the importance of giving back to our communities in which we live,” said 53rd Quartermaster Brig. Gen. Ronald Kirklin. “The City’s Neighbor-to-Neighbor initiative is a great program that fosters a lasting relationship between Fort Lee and the City of Richmond.  We are fortunate to be a part of this great initiative and we are excited about what the future holds as we continue to build on this great partnership with the City of Richmond.”

For more information about N2N volunteer opportunities, please visit www.richmondgov.com/NeighborToNeighbor/VolunteerLocally