LOVE YOUR BLOCK INITIATIVE
BOSTON – Friday, November 17, 2017 – Celebrating the important contributions that residents and organizations make in their local community, Chief of Civic Engagement Jerome Smith along with Boston’s neighborhood liaisons and community members yesterday honored 13 awardees who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to their community. The awardees, who represent a cross-section of volunteer efforts in Boston, were honored at the first Civic Engagement Ceremony, hosted by Mayor Walsh’s Love Your Block Initiative.
- Vivian Morris, Individual winner for an “Up and Coming Community Garden Award” who took a vacant parcel of land and created a community-wide garden for residents to enjoy in Mattapan.
- Liz Miranda for the Hawthorne Youth Community Center, Group winner for an “Up and Coming Community Garden Award” which transformed outdoor spaces into gardens that are utilized by their youth program Grow It, Cook It, Share It in Roxbury.
- Luis Cotto, Individual Winner for “Vacant Lot Revitalization Award” for his leadership role in the transformation of two vacant spaces on the border of Roxbury and Jamaica Plain. The first lot is called the Peace Garden, located on the corner of School Street & Washington Street. The second lot, soon to be known as Robert Lawson Park, is on the corner of Atherton Street & Columbus Avenue.
- Paul Malkemes for the Boston Project Ministries, Group winner for the “Vacant Lot Revitalization Award” where they created two vibrant public parks and one plentiful community garden where rubble from demolished buildings once sat 20 years ago in Dorchester.
- Kalamu Kieta for Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, Organization – “Vacant Lot Revitalization Award” where DSNI transformed a vacant lot, creating an art installation called ‘Our Tierra Livri’ in Roxbury.
- Cathy Horn, Individual – “Public Stewardship Award” for her leadership role in the grassroots community groups – Hyde Park Litter Patrol Group and Keep Hyde Park Beautiful.
- Jeff Chasin for Roslindale Clean & Green, Group- “Public Stewardship Award” for their leadership role in creating and improving green spaces for the community in Roslindale.
- Nuestra Comunidad, Organization- “Public Stewardship Award” for organizing high-impact community street clean-ups. Nuestra hosts an annual ‘Cleanest Streets Contest’ bringing out hundreds of volunteers to clean streets in the Roxbury and Dorchester neighborhoods.
- Alley Michell for Powerful Pathways, Organization- “Art Beautification Award” their Mattapan Open Streets / Open Studios program. Powerful Pathways is a social practice and consultancy that works in policy, community development and the arts using creative tools and design thinking methods.
- Mayor’s Mural Crew, Group – “Art Beautification Mural Award” for their “To Immigrants, With Love” Mural in East Boston.
- Mfalme Kenyatta, Individual – “Art Beautification Award” for his artistic contributions to the Roxbury neighborhood. Kenyatta’s art is on display on utility boxes outside the Post Office on Blue Hill and Seaver Street.
- Gene Corbin for Harvard University, “2017 Partnership Award” for their outstanding dedication to keeping the Allston neighborhood clean by providing numerous volunteer opportunities to students.
- Nicole Flynt, “2017 Community Vanguard Award” for her 20+ years of service to the Roxbury community through activism and community-based projects.