Love Your Block Updates

April 15 through June Azia Banagan who is the recipient of a 1,000 dollar community improvement grantee through the Love Your Block initiative will be instructing a Art Workshop on teaching the Richmond community members art. She will use this money towards leading free Workshops throughout Richmond by herself.  Below is the Link of Azia  Bandagan instructing one of the art workshop, and the radio talk show about her art piece: 

Richmond Confidential Article

North Gate Radio




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3/03/2016 - Get to know our awardees!

As our projects kick off this month, we want to share more about our awardees and how they plan on beautifying Richmond!

Name: Alicia Carrillo
Organization: Community Advocate
LYB Project Description: Photography to address issues of public concern and to tell stories of community life.



Name: Alicia Gallo
Organization: Richmond Main Street Initative(RMSI)
LYB Project Description: 1-2 new trash cans, a sidewalk chalk art activity, and a district-wide clean-up.

Name: Annie King-Meredith/Marena Brown 
Organization: Art Math
LYB Project Description: Plant flowers and plants in already-established North Richmond community garden.

Name: Brandon Evans
Organization: Coronado Neighborhood Residents
LYB Project Description: Plant drought resistant plants, trees, flowers, and shrubs. City replaces safety arrows. Residents paint curb bright yellow for safety. Install public seating. Install 4 raised garden boxes.

Name: Carla Orozco
Organization: Neighborhood House of North Richmond
LYB Project Description: Clean up Wildcat Creek. EcoArt activities: mobile mural.

Name: Doria Robinson
Organization: Urban Tilth
LYB Project Description: Illegal dumping campaign: education/information distribution, observation and code enforcement. Trash clean-up and beautification.

Name: Denise Carey
Organization: Service Integration, Family Service Center
LYB Project Description: Mulch Lucky A's baseball field in North Richmond. Sand and paint the bleachers.

Name: Goretha Johnson
Organization: Parchester Neighborhood Council
LYB Project Description: Pull weeds and plant native foliage along Parchester entrance sign. Paint wall.

Name: Myrtle Braxton
Organization: Laurel Park Neighborhood Council
LYB Project Description: Paint benches in public Braxton park, pick up trash, plant low-growing vegetation, create mural on fence opposite off-ramp.

Name: Roxanne Alexander
Organization: Community Advocate
LYB Project Description: Plant flowers in the planter boxes behind chairs along Fred Jackson Way in North Richmond.

Name: Tiffany Harris
Organization: Girls Inc.
LYB Project Description: Free art classes open to the community. Art will be displayed throughout Richmond.

Richmond BART Art Installation 

1/19/2016

The Richmond BART Art installation, inspired by the work of artist Candy Chang was a huge success! Within the first few hours of its launch, we had dozens upon dozens of responses to our prompts. Half of our installation asked “Before I die, I want to…” and the other prompt asked “With $1,000, how would you #LoveYourBlock?” We thank everyone who participated in publicly voicing their hopes and dreams for Richmond's future.

Check out this cool video from Richmond Pulse!


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Goat Grazing

The goats came, they saw, they chomped. And after a full day of nibbling away at the weeds on the lot at 695 Chesley Avenue last Thursday, they left with full bellies and lots of praise from city officials. Mayor Butt, former Mayor McLaughlin, local artist Daud Abdullah, Captain Gagan from RichmondPD, District Coordinator Robert Rogers, students from Verde Elementary, and children from the Shield-Reid Community Center were just a few of the folks that made it out to see the goats and help us spread the word about the need to stop illegal dumping in North Richmond.

Check out a youtube video of the goats here!

The thinking was: trash concentrates in lots that look abandoned, i.e. overgrown lots. Eliminate the weeds, mulch the area, and you get dramatic reductions in illegal dumping. Every month, Richmond Code Enforcement officers collect 12.09 tons of waste on average from North Richmond. To help put an end to this, North Richmond residents came out to the community clean-up on October 31st to help clean the lot in anticipation of the goats' arrival. 269 North Richmond residents helped us dispose of 52.62 tons of trash. Great job Richmond! You all were amazing.

We received great coverage of the event and now we need your help putting these articles out into the Richmond Community through social media! An end to illegal dumping in Richmond depends on you.This event was just the beginning! Help us spread the word and tell your neighbors to stop illegal dumping in Richmond.

Contra Costa Times NBC Bay Area Richmond Standard

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Got tools?
October 5th, 2015

We are collecting tools for our tool lending library! If you have any new or gently used tools, please consider donating them to our public library! 

We are also working on a crowdfunding campaign to fund the first year of the tool lending library. Please contact us if you are interested in helping with this fundraiser.

Call: (510) 620-6552
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Richmond's Own Tool Lending Library

Richmond is starting its own tool lending library!

The Love Your Block Team is extremely grateful to Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 342 for donating $500 worth of tools, to the Northern California Contractor's Association for their $500 donation, and to the Contra Costa Building and Construction Trades Council for their $250 contribution. And we could not have contacted those unions without the help of former Local 342 union president, Don Gosney! Thanks Don!

We are also proud to announce that Urban Tilth has agreed to act as the official fiscal sponsor of Richmond's Tool Lending Library. Thank you Urban Tilth! We are very excited to work with you!

If you would like to help us get the tool lending library up and running, let us know! We are looking for the following:

*Someone with experience directing videos for a crowd-sourcing campaign.

*Someone experienced with repairing tools/Training others to use power tools.

*Tool Donations

*General Donations

If you or anyone you know is interested in providing these resources, please contact the Love Your Block Team at (510) 620-6552.

Knock, Knock! Who's There? Your Friendly Neighborhood Love Your Block Team!

August 6th, 2015 - LYB Doorhangers

In order to encourage neighbors to get to know each other, we made some doorhangers for our community members to distribute to their neighbors. Be on the lookout for our doorknob hangers as well. So far, we've hung them from doors in North Richmond along with blank versions for you to start to reach out to neighbors yourself. We want you to start forming groups and talking about projects that you would like to carry out. We encourage you to use these doorknob hangers to start that conversation. If you can't find a stack of hangers at a nearby community center, feel free to come by City Hall to pick some up!

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Community Engagement Update

August 4th, 2015 - National Night Out in the Parchester Neighborhood

The Love Your Block Team had a great time at the National Night Out Event in Parchester last Tuesday, August 4th. We enjoyed letting people know about the Love Your Block Grant and hearing their feedback about the projects that they'd like to carry out in Parchester. Some highlights included a speedbump on McGlothen Way decorated by residents and community gardens and clean ups throughout the neighborhood. We heard from many residents that speeding is a big problem in Parchester so we are looking forward to reading applications that suggest creative ways to deal with that problem!!

The Love Your Block team also really appreciated all the help we got from the neighborhood kids! We planted hundreds of Scabiosa flowers and we're excited to check back in in a couple of months to see how those flowers are doing!

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Beautifying the Community, One Seed at a Time

August 2nd, 2015

Hey Richmond!

We've got flower seeds for you to jump-start revitalization efforts in our City! Keep an eye out for our custom seed packets throughout Richmond. We even have edible flowers so that you can start turning everyday salads into colorful feasts!!

We have calendula, scabiosa, bachelor's buttons, shirley poppies, bird's eyes, nasturtium, and echinacea for your planting needs.

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