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Neighborhoods can submit applications for BlockWork

SALISBURY — Last year’s BlockWork project on the 200 and 300 blocks of South Shaver Street won a USA Weekend Make a Difference Day Award.
BlockWork 2012 will be held on Make a Difference Day again this year, Oct. 27. Applications are due by 5 p.m. June 8.
Any neighborhood may apply to be chosen for BlockWork, a grassroots neighborhood improvement program.
Sponsored by the Neighborhood Leaders Alliance, a subgroup of the city’s Community Appearance Commission, BlockWork brings community supporters together to promote cleaner and safer neighborhoods, one block at a time.
Neighborhood leaders may submit applications for one city block of their choice to compete for an intensive work day with volunteers. After reviewing applications, a committee will select a block based on demonstrated need, potential impact and project feasibility.
BlockWork’s $10,000 award from Make a Difference Day will fund this year’s event.
The Neighborhood Leaders Alliance works to improve the appearance and safety of neighborhoods, as well as building understanding, accountability and commitment for ongoing maintenance among owners and residents.
BlockWork aims to incrementally reduce the number of neglected houses by building a positive community approach to neighborhood stewardship.
Make a Difference Day is a national day of helping others. Created by USA WEEKEND Magazine, Make a Difference Day is an annual event that takes place on the fourth Saturday of every October. Millions have participated, accomplishing thousands of projects in hundreds of towns.
To apply for BlockWork in Salisbury, go to the city’s planning office in City Hall at 217 S. Main St. or call 704-638-5242.

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