High five


Volunteers get ready to get to work on Oct. 5 CityServe Day. [Courtesy photo/Jackie and Ryan Hall]

There’s a reason we love the hashtag #Southeastproud.

There’s a pride to this part of the city, a self-confidence that both ignited and is fueling Southeast’s renaissance. You’ve shown it in spades over the past month, turning up in force on multiple occasions to clean up the area of the Sand Creek Trail commonly referred to as “The Dump”; volunteering your time, energy and strength for community improvement; and advocating for yourselves during a slew of community meetings.

So how could we not be proud enough of this neighborhood to create a hashtag celebrating it? For example …

October started with a bang, and a few thousand helping hands, courtesy of CityServe Day. The event is hosted by nonprofit Christian organization COSILoveYou, and found volunteers of every age, race, background and socio-economic status working on community-improvement projects throughout the city.

More than 4,100 people stepped up on Oct. 5 to help with a slew of city-wide initiatives, according to COSILoveYou Coordinator Corrie Smith. They performed 12,710 labor hours with a total value of $313,809.

Some of the Southeast projects included painting the Kids on Bikes bicycle library at John Adams Elementary, pulling weeds and cleaning up around Centennial Elementary School, painting inside Panorama Middle School, fixing up the playground at Soaring Eagles Elementary School and picking up trash around Monterey Elementary School.

To start.

If the smiles and thumbs up were any indication, the event was as rewarding for the volunteers as it was for the beneficiaries of the hard work. So here’s a well-deserved high-five to the volunteer force that made our community an even more beautiful place to live, work and play.

A few days later, on Oct. 9, dozens of neighborhood residents swung by the Deerfield Hills Community Center & Sprayground to learn more about how they could help play a financial role in the neighborhood’s redevelopment.

The proposal is called a Community Investment Trust, and if implemented it would allow Southeast residents the opportunity to invest in community real estate ownership for between $10 and $100 per month. It would be modeled after a hugely successful investment trust in Portland, Ore., and if such a project were to come to fruition, it would be the second such trust in the nation.

The Council of Neighbors and Organizations (CONO) is researching the potential for the project in partnership with the RISE Coalition.

For more information or to get an idea of what the project could do, check out www.investcit.com.

— Regan Foster

To submit an item for the High Five, email a detailed description of the event, including date and location, and photos with identifying information from left to right to features@southeastexpress.org. For more information, call Regan Foster at 719-578-2802.


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