Keep Noblesville Beautiful (KNB)





9/4/2010 12:58:00 AM
Down by the river


By Steven Furlow

The Noblesville Times

For the fifth time volunteers with and assisting Keep Noblesville Beautiful will roll up their sleeves and pitch in helping a Noblesville area with clean up, refreshing of landscape and in general being good neighbors lending a hand. Previous blitz days exceeded expectations in scope and success and organizers are hopeful to keep the streak going.

Keep Noblesville Beautiful's Cindy Haas and Donna Parker said they have been pleasantly surprised at how welcoming residents are of complete strangers lending their time and muscle to help.

"(The) sense of community pride is alive and well," Haas said.

The focus of the Sept. 11 blitz is the Riverwood neighborhood just north of Noblesville on Indiana 19 along the White River. Work is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"These are resilient residents staying put after repeated flooding," Haas said. "(A) very tight knit community. We need to reach out."

Assistance is needed in many areas including distribution of mulch, painting fences or porches, removal of heavy items to recycle or trash, brush pickup and fence repair, demolition and removal.

Parker and Haas said volunteers, themselves included, found the neighborhood blitzes rewarding both for the initial impact and ensuing transformation.

"Once we are seen helping out a neighbor, residents come out of hiding to check it out and pitch in so they can be next," Haas said. "You quit taking what you personally have for granted with this deeper understanding for other's household needs and priorities."

Parker pointed out adults and children learn the importance of working together for the benefit of others.

"The material & emotional results are very real for both sides of the effort," Haas said.

There's always room for more volunteers and those interested can contact Haas after 5 p.m. at 710-6967 or visit Volunteers can check in at the Riverwood Clubhouse at 135 Hiawatha Drive in Noblesville.

KNB is working in cooperation with the residents of Riverwood, the Hamilton County Probation Office, White River Christian Church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Faith Community Church, Home Depot, Sunbelt Rentals, Schwartz Trailers, Indiana Tree Stewards, Hamilton County Master Gardeners, Noblesville Street Department and Noblesville City Hall on this blitz.