Written by Community Editor Nicole Foulke
The Norristown Project is furthering their local revitalization efforts by calling for volunteers to participate in one or both of their two clean-ups on Sunday, Sept. 8.: Riverfront Park at 9 a.m., and Hope Alley and Blackberry Alley at 2 p.m.
The Norristown Project was started in May as a volunteer-based community organization consisting of residents who want to help make Norristown shine, according to Shae Ashe, who founded the organization.
“Our clean-up projects are a small part of what we do. We look for ways to turn the negative image of Norristown around in any way we can,” said Ashe.
According to Ashe, volunteers of all ages are welcome. While volunteers are encouraged to bring their own gloves, The Norristown Project will provide supplies, as well.
The Riverfront-area clean-up is in preparation for a mural dedication ceremony that will occur later in Sept. The Norristown Project and other volunteers will begin at the Haws Avenue entrance at 9 a.m., picking up trash, planting shrubs, and tidying up the sidewalks until 12 p.m.
The Hope Alley and Blackberry Alley clean-up will take place by Maws Avenue and Marshall Street. Volunteers will meet at 2 p.m. where Blackberry Alley and Haws Avenue intersect, and then clean a block of Blackberry Alley and a block of Hope Alley. There, volunteers will pick up trash, remove graffiti, cut weeds, and clean debris.
According to Ashe, the second clean-up will be smaller and it is likely that the volunteers will finish before 5 p.m.
Volunteers can come without RSVPing. The Norristown Project also accepts donations of gloves, trash bags, shovels, rakes, and other such equipment.
Questions about The Norristown Project or ways to help can be directed towards NorristownProject@gmail.com or 610-308-6195. The organization also posts information on their Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/NorristownProject.