Community Projects

MApril Community Clean Up: Saturday, April 28th and Saturday, May 5th 2018 

Each spring, NeighborWorks partners with Malmstrom airmen and hundreds of volunteers bag and dispose of trash throughout Cascade County. Over two weekends, this community wide cleanup effort picks up 15 to 20 tons of trash per year. In addition to fielding teams to walk much of the 56 miles of roadway in Great Falls, several two-man teams drive up and down in the historic areas of the town collecting and disposing of trash and old items from the alleys. Other sponsors are the city of Great Falls, Montana Waste Systems, the Chamber of Commerce and the Montana Department of Transportation. A number of businesses and organizations accept materials to be recycled in Great Falls. For a list, click here.

Sod Days & Spray Days

During Sod Days & Spray Days, NeighborWorks Great Falls works to improve area neighborhoods in many ways, including helping homeowners improve their home’s exterior and landscaping their property. Each year, we try to plant trees at each new house we build. In addition, we offer our new homeowners sod, at cost, for their yards, as well as weed and fertilizer spraying in the early spring. For more information on these programs and this year’s dates, call 761-5861.

Community Gardens

Pea Pods Neighborhood Gardens, in the heart of the historic Downtown neighborhood, began with residents in one of Great Falls poorest Census tracks discussing how bleak a vacant corner lot was. Through their hard work, not only does the site provide fresh produce for 40 families in the summer; it is also beautifully landscaped, with donated flowers and shrubs. Pea Pods is a collaborative effort of residents, businesses, City of Great Falls' Neighborhood Council #7, Neighborhood Watch, Whittier School, area faith based organizations, the St. Ann's Soup Kitchen and NeighborWorks.

Pea Pods Neighborhood Gardens have had a direct, positive effect on poverty in the neighborhood; it also has fostered healthy and nutritional eating, as well as encouraged both children and adults to be good stewards of the earth. Together, they leverage multiple resources to serve this high crime, high poverty area. To secure a plot for the next growing season, to start a community garden in your neighborhood or for more information, contact Traci Hronek at peapodncg@gmail.com. Read the rules and guidelines here . Print out and mail this form if you would like to sign up for a plot for 2015.

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