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,"
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
"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
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
www.keepnoblesvillebeautiful.org. 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.