One Elkhart resident is putting a twist on the old saying, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Instead, Jason Moreno is turning others’ trash into a special project.
Moreno wants to improve Elkhart one block at a time.
The first step in that goal gets started Saturday, June 8. Moreno’s efforts have been deemed Rock the Block.
Moreno works as community organizer for LaCasa Inc., a housing agency. LaCasa has a similar program set up in Goshen titled Help-a-House.
Volunteers will tackle the residential block bounded by Prairie St. and West Indiana, Ashland and West Garfield avenues.
The block was chosen by the city based on the number of visible code violations.
Nearly all of the residents living in this area expressed an interest in getting involved Saturday. They were surveyed each household and asked what kind of help homeowners needed.
Some projects today will focus on specific homes while others will help the entire community. One major job volunteers will tackle today is the overgrown grass, weeds, and vegetation in the alleys and areas surrounding the street.
Volunteers will work from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. An empty lot at the intersection of Indiana and Prairie will serve as a check-in area. Those coming out to help are encouraged to bring items like saws, hoses, and extension cords.