There’s nothing quite like seeing a bunch of enthusiastic residents, grinning and ready to volunteer, all before they have had their first cup of coffee. With the first signs of Fall in the air, the Love Your Block ‘Alley Activation’ demonstration project debuted on October 24, 2015 for Make A Difference Day, a national service day celebrating neighbors helping neighbors. Make A Difference Day was the official launch of Cities of Service’s Love Your Block program in Phoenix to showcase and highlight how a $1,000 mini-grant can empower residents to revitalize their neighborhoods. This project was coordinated in partnership with HandsOn Greater Phoenix.

This project is a collaboration between the local merchants and residents of the Medlock Place Neighborhood. This project idea had been floating around for a while between the local merchants and residents, and the $1,000 mini-grant was the catalyst to making the project come to life.

The Alley Activation grew out of the idea to improve the alley shared both by residents and merchants. The project’s goal is to create a welcoming and safe alley that promotes connectivity between residents, businesses, and visitors while deterring crime and speeding. The first phase of the Alley Activation began in early October when DLC Resources donated their services to smooth out the surface of the alley by removing the excess dirt that had been building-up for years. The following day the residents and merchants came out to pick-up trash and landscape while Bug and Weed Mart sprayed the alley’s weeds. All of these activities led up the big event on Make A Difference Day where 70+ volunteers came out to beautify the alley! Many helping hands painted wayfinding signs, created a series of ribbon murals along 3 vacant lots, and painted a blighted alley wall.

This project would not have happened without our wonderful partners! Special thanks to All About Books and Comics, AZ Hi-Fi, Bug & Weed Mart, Changing Hands Bookstore, DLC Resources, Frances, Medlock Place Historical Neighborhood Association, Southern Rail, and Stinkweeds.

love your block wayfinder sign

Thank you to all the volunteers who came out to participate in the first Love Your Block Phoenix project. Keep an eye out because this project is the first of many to come!

Georganne of Frances, Kimber of Stinkweeds, & Cindy of Changing Hands.


Interested in volunteering with Love Your Block? Sign-up to be a part of the next project on November 14, 2015 for Keep Phoenix Beautiful Day.

If your neighborhood is interested in implementing a similar project, apply for a $1,000 Love Your Block mini-grant today! Applications must be received by November 20, 2015. Contact us today to find out how you can create positive change in your neighborhood.