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Covington groups organizing beautification projects on Make a Difference Day, Oct. 22; need volunteers

Covington residents are invited to join together to make a difference in their neighborhood on Saturday, October 22 as part of Make a Difference Day.

The national day of service encourages volunteers to improve the lives of others and impact their community in meaningful ways. Groups representing Latonia, Goebel Park, and the Westside have organized projects to impact their neighborhoods through beautification projects. Members of the Covington community are invited to volunteer and give back to their city.

“It’s great to see groups from different neighborhoods engaging in this national day of service to host projects in Covington,” said Shannon Ratterman, Program Manager for Community Development at The Center for Great Neighborhoods (The Center). “Covington’s residents want to see the city thrive, and these projects are one way to make that happen. It’s a great opportunity to give back to the community and meet neighbors in the process.”

Make a Difference Day projects include:

Latonia: Keep Covington Beautiful, in partnership with The Center and The City of Covington, will host its annual Perk up the Park in Latonia’s Barb Cook Park. Volunteers are needed for weeding, mulching, planting, painting, and sprucing projects. Those interested can sign up online at http://bit.ly/2d9AeHS.

Last year -- a painting day at Goebel Pool

Making Goebel Great

Goebel Park: Continuing their work in Goebel Park, Make Goebel Great is hosting the Goebel Pool Paint Party. Funded through a Creative Community Grant from The Center and in partnership with The City of Covington, the organization is working to make the pool area more inviting by adding seating, picnic tables, shade, and programmed recreational activities. Volunteers are needed to paint the Goebel pool house. More information is available on the Make Gobel Great Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/MakeGoebelGreat.

Westside: Volunteers are needed in the Westside to re-plant trees along Holman Avenue that were vandalized in July. In addition to replanting 18 trees, volunteers will plant 50 new trees through the neighborhood. Volunteers will gather in Orchard Park where City Arborist Crystal Courtney will demonstrate how to plant the trees in urban areas. This project is made possible with the help of residents, local business owners, and the Dan Beard Council of the Boy Scouts in addition to donations from residents, the R.C. Durr Foundation, Duke Energy, Schneller Air, Keep Covington Beautiful, Mackie Meats, Renaissance Covington, and The Friends of Covington. More information is available on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/833137096823156/.

Make a Difference Day is one of the largest single-days of service nationwide. This is the 25th year for the annual event that gathers volunteers from communities throughout the nation to improve their neighborhoods. Thousands of projects of all sizes take place each October and are spearheaded by local volunteers dedicated to their communities.

For more information about how to get involved in Make a Difference Day, contact Shannon Ratterman at (859) 966-7524 or Shannon@greatneighborhoods.org.

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