NeighborWorks Day Will Return in 2019!


NeighborWorks Day is a time when volunteers, business people, neighbors, friends and local government leaders mobilize neighborhood change and block by block revitalization. Hosted for many years in our community by NHS of the Fox Valley who closed their doors in the fall of 2017, the DNA picked up the torch in 2018 and adopted the project, giving it a renewed mission. Our goal for this annual project is to reach out into the neighborhoods surrounding our downtown, positively impact maintenance conditions for mutual benefit and build relationships in our community beyond the boundaries of Downtown.

The DNA’s first year organizing NeighborWorks Day was on June 16th, 2018 and concentrated on the Gifford Park Association. In partnership with the Elgin Community Network and the City of Elgin, we focused on 11 properties in highly visible areas of the Gifford Park Neighborhood along Villa, E. Chicago Street and more. Some of the projects our team of volunteers completed in 2018 were:

  • Removed 3 old fences
  • Built 1 brand new fence
  • Painted 1 porch
  • Installed new porch lights on 1 house
  • Completed 9 landscaping improvements
  • Removed 1 dead tree

Thank you to our 2018 Supporters and Sponsors including: The City of Elgin, Davey Tree, Dream Hall at 51, Elgin Community Network, Gifford Park Association, The Home Depot Foundation and Jimmy Johns of Downtown Elgin. Also a big thank you also to all the volunteers. This event depends upon your service and donations which we greatly appreciate!

We have a big job to do here in Elgin making our City the best it can be and we are going to need your help to do it!  If you would like to volunteer for the next NeighborWorks Day please click here. Join us and make a friend by helping a neighbor!