CHP Celebrates Community Vitality During Week of Service Projects & Festivities
For eight straight years, CHP has organized and participated in National NeighborWorks® Week, a week-long initiative that CHP and other NeighborWorks organizations across the country participate in to bring about neighborhood change and awareness through local community improvement and celebration projects.
In years past, CHP has completed multiple projects in different cities and states throughout the designated week – and this year was no exception! CHP staff and community partners teamed up at 9 different locations across Virginia, Florida, and North Carolina to help educate our residents about environmental responsibility and sustainability, while also emphasizing the importance of neighborhood awareness, participation, and improvement. From the mountains of Appalachia to the eastern shore of Virginia, and from the Piedmont region of North Carolina to the capital of Florida, CHP rental communities participated in hands-on grounds beautification projects and fun-filled neighborhood get-togethers that included community service information booths, food, music, games, and prizes.
“These events are all about the celebration of community spirit,” said CHP Executive Vice President and COO, Orlando Artze. “They are a terrific way to build and strengthen relationships amongst our staff, residents, and local partners, while also underscoring the mutual benefits that come from a happy and healthy community.”
Deb Anderson, an AmeriCorps VISTA member working with CHP for the summer, described her first NeighborWorks Week event at Old Farm Village in Christiansburg, Virginia as an unforgettable one. Upon arriving at the multi-family property’s resident appreciation party, Anderson says she glanced around and was delighted to see “a large grassy area in the center of the community with folding chairs and a table set up under a large shade tree, a basketball court where a police officer was holding a bike rodeo for the children, families scattered around enjoying the outdoors, and fried chicken on the way. It felt just like home!”
Hearing Anderson’s description of Old Farm Village is music to the ears of CHP President and CEO Janaka Casper. “That’s exactly what CHP is all about,” stated Casper. “Our whole mission is to create attractive, affordable, safe places to live where neighbors know and support each other and work together to address local issues of social, economic, and environmental sustainability. NeighborWorks Week provides the perfect opportunity to highlight and celebrate all of the people who help us develop vital communities.”