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Good Neighbor Program creates more welcoming neighborhood

Being a good neighbor in the Heartside Community is not only important to Dégagé, but also to our patrons. Over three years ago, an anonymous donor saw a need in our community and initiated the Good Neighbor Program.
Tony cleaning the neighborhood sidewalks

Tony cleaning the neighborhood sidewalks /Bob Kreter

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Being a good neighbor in the Heartside Community is not only important to Dégagé, but also to our patrons. Over three years ago, an anonymous donor saw a need in our community and initiated the Good Neighbor Program.

This program continues to thrive as our patrons contribute to the community through cleaning up the streets, washing the entryways of area businesses, sweeping the sidewalks, pulling weeds and snowblowing. Not only does this program benefit our neighborhood, but it also gives our patrons an opportunity to serve and to give back.

Because of the Good Neighbor Program, the neighborhood feels more welcoming and local businesses and organizations are more easily accessible. Not only have our patrons received gratitude from our neighbors, but they are also paid $10 an hour. This gives them a sense of both dignity and respect as they give back to the neighborhood and make it a cleaner, friendlier place.

As Marge Palmerlee, Executive Director, says, “We are so appreciative for the donors who are supporting this important program. The Good Neighbor Program allows our patrons to contribute in a positive way to their neighborhood. Working together is making a better place for all of us to live and work.”

By Molly Hilbert

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