“(I)f we don’t kind of connect with one another and try to maintain the neighborhood as a whole … we can accomplish a lot more together.”

Mark Datema of Elkhart saw the power of community when he applied for a Vibrant Neighborhoods grant. Helped by a micro-grant for supplies, the residents of the Greenleaf Boulevard Neighborhood Association — representing all walks of life and income levels — came together May 22, 2021, to clear brush, pick up trash and give the streets and sidewalks a tidier appearance.

“(I)t’s wonderful to see neighborhood associations come together as a community to make sure that what’s missed is taken care of,”Aaron Mishler, the city councilman for the Greenleaf Neighborhood, told The Elkhart Truth.

Vibrant Neighborhoods calls on residents throughout Elkhart County to come together as neighbors — whether it’s a block or a street or a subdivision — for activities that are fun and beneficial to community.

Learn more about Vibrant Neighborhoods.


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