Brockley Avenue homeowner Donna Mclean embraced each volunteer one-by-one, the smile across her face revealing her approval with the outcome of her newly-landscaped yard.
LakewoodAlive hosted 35 volunteers from Crossroads Church on Saturday, May 20, to tackle yard beautification projects for older residents on Brockley and Summits Avenues. In addition to weeding flowerbeds, trimming shrubs, laying mulch and planting flowers, this tremendous group of volunteers cleared litter from a neighboring section of Detroit Avenue.
The massive volunteer effort was part of Crossroads’ “Go Local” campaign, for which 10 “anywhere projects” were completed on the same day across the nation outside of Cincinnati, where the church is headquartered. Wife and husband Liz and Michael Hammer, both Crossroads members, collaborated with LakewoodAlive’s Housing Outreach Program to organize the campaign’s Lakewood presence.
“None of us live in Lakewood, but that’s beside the point,” said Michael Hammer. “Watching the expression on the homeowner’s face is just precious, and we personally get a lot of joy from doing this.”
Added Liz Hammer: “Helping others is positively one of the best feelings you can have.”
While many of the volunteers live in the eastern suburbs of Cleveland, where the local Crossroads congregation is based, others drove all the way from Cincinnati to participate. They arrived armed with a plenty of enthusiasm and a drone to capture aerial footage of their efforts.
Mclean, a 40-year resident of a home on Brockley Avenue, served as one of the grateful beneficiaries of Crossroads’ “Go Local” campaign.
“This is incredible – when you have a small army of people, you can really make a big difference,” Mclean said. “I can’t wait for my husband to get home from work and see our yard.”
When the projects wrapped up and celebratory hugs had been exchanged, the Crossroads volunteers headed to Edgewater State Park for a picnic lunch. They were done beautifying Lakewood yards and ready to take in beautiful views of Lake Erie.
To learn more regarding LakewoodAlive’s Housing Outreach Program, visit LakewoodAlive.org/HousingOutreach or contact Allison Urbanek, LakewoodAlive’s Housing Outreach Director, at 216-521-0655 or firstname.lastname@example.org.