Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Councilmember Emerald Partners with Groundwork San Diego
Under the auspices of the City Council “Projects, Programs, and Services” initiative, Councilmember Marti Emerald and her staff will be working with Groundwork San Diego in the “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” program in the neighborhoods of Southcrest and Shelltown. This program serves these neighborhoods within the Chollas Creek Watershed by establishing lasting partnerships between the community, local businesses and a variety of military, faith-based and national service organizations. These partnerships help to empower community members to improve their quality of life on projects that include invasive plant species removal, the collection of large trash items in and near the creek, plantings of native trees and by helping local residents implement resource-efficient practices on their properties.
In order to develop program sustainability, this program is developing partnerships with service-minded organizations and businesses. Volunteers from these organizations perform community outreach and then partner with community members on service projects, using tools and supplies loaned or donated by local businesses. Partners include EDCO, Armed Services YMCA, Home Depot, NASSCO, among others. Hundreds of tons of trash, debris, and nonnative vegetation will be removed from strets, yards, parks, and the creek.