Pathfinder Community Connections, a NeighborWorks® HomeOwnership Center and the community development division of Pathfinder Services, will hold two separate volunteer events in support of NeighborWorks Week, one in Huntington on June 7th and one in Fort Wayne on June 14th.
On June 7, NeighborWorks® America kicked off the 31st annual NeighborWorks Week, a weeklong celebration in which thousands of volunteers come together to help make their communities healthy, sustainable places by rehabbing and repairing homes, beautifying parks, and hosting educational events. This was a record-setting year for NeighborWorks Week, with more than 200 groups holding more than 300 events across the country.
Pathfinder Services along with a group of volunteers from the community and Wells Fargo Bank put the finishing touches on a rehabilitated home at 610 Henry Street in Huntington on June 7th. This large home is over 100 years old and had Pathfinder Services not acquired the property, it likely would have been demolished. Pathfinder Services has since rehabilitated the home with new baths, kitchen, flooring, siding, windows and more and offered it for sale as an affordable housing option in the historic Drover Town neighborhood.
On June 14th, Pathfinder Services along with the 46807 Steering Committee and Wells Fargo Bank collaborated with a group of volunteers to landscape two properties in the 46807 neighborhood which were obtained by Pathfinder Services through the National Community Stabilization Trust for rehabilitation and resale to affordable buyers. Wells Fargo assisted with the rehabilitation by providing funding through their Leading the Way Home® program Priority Markets Initiative grant. On June 14th, Pathfinder Services, the 46807 Steering Committee, and Wells Fargo Bank worked together to improve these two properties and in turn, improve the neighborhood.
“NeighborWorks Week is an annual tradition which showcases how community members can transform and strengthen their own and other communities through volunteerism,” stated Jan Baumgartner, Division Director of Pathfinder Community Connections. “These events that occur throughout the nation highlight how individuals can come together to create, impact, and maintain communities where people want to live and do business.”
For more information about NeighborWorks Week and to see photos of past events, visit www.nw.org/neighborworksweek.