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When the Community Takes to the Streets... and Cleans Them

On this past Saturday, nearly 400 Englewoodians and friends from across the city took the streets and cleaned them.

After the work, we celebrate!

 

This year marked the 5th Annual Englewood Unity Day. The day is a tag to the city wide Chicago Clean & Green. Residents of all ages, and abilities came out to clean up. Supplies were proivded by the City of Chicago Streets and Sanitation department. 

Site locations ranged from 82nd & Ashland to 59th & Halsted. 

The participating organizations include Teamwork Englewood, the Office of Illinois State Representative of the 6th District Sonya Harper, Imagine Englewood If, Resident Association of Greater Englewood (R.A.G.E.)., 007th District Police Station, Antioch MB Church, Canaan Community Church, Sage Equity Holdings, Action NOW, Voices of West Englewood, Mothers Against Senseless Killings (M.A.S.K.), Urbanity Beauty, LaTanya & The Youth of Englewood, Nicholson STEM Academy, Phoenix Diverse Holistic Collaborative, Growing Homes, buildOn, Growing Home Inc, The Rise Foundation, Edmonds Homeowners, and Monster Education Foundation. “We’re hoping for an amazing turnout! This day is not just one day of cleaning; we’re coming together for each other and for our environment. We celebrate our Unity with our neighbors, co-workers, friends, showcasing our mutual respect for each other and nature” Geri Harston, Executive Director, Imagine Englewood If.  

There are so many individuals and organization in the Englewood community doing amazing work. Unity Day is a powerful time, because it welcomes all the brilliant individuals and groups in the community to come together to clean up our neighborhood in the name of love. “Our association has participated with Greater Englewood Unity Day and Celebration since the idea was birthed from the late Mrs. Jean Carter-Hill, founder of Imagine Englewood IF. We anticipate that each year this cleanup and celebration will grow, our members are excited to be a part of this new tradition of Greater Englewood!” - Asiaha Butler, Founder and President of R.A.G.E.

The clean up ended with a large communal celebration at Imagine Englewood. Volunteers enjoyed hotdogs, sauages, salad, and music!

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