Cleanup Day in Rockville to help launch Neighborhood Advocate Program

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Vernon/Rockville - posted Fri., Apr. 19, 2013

Part of Rockville will be getting a bit of a makeover on April 27, but there's some fun involved, too.

The annual Cleanup Day and Block Party will take place at the West Main Street Park, near the Florence Mill Apartment Complex from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The event will also serve as an introduction for local residents to the Rockville Community Alliance's Neighborhood Advocate Program,  which is encouraging individuals to aid their neighbors in a variety of ways.

RCA Vice-President and coordinator of the Neighborhood Advocate Program Teri Rogers said the event was formerly hosted by the Rockville Downtown Association and there will be information at the cleanup event for those interested.

“It's essentially replacing the former Block Watch Program,” Rogers said. Advocates would, for example, reach out to new Rockville residents, assess any social needs that they have, and then direct them to the proper organizations, or simply help an elderly or disabled resident with yard work, she said.

“The Neighborhood Advocates would be the eyes and ears of your neighborhood without being the police of your neighborhood,” she said.

Rogers added that she hopes people from other neighborhoods attend and are interested in starting a Neighborhood Advocate program in other parts of town, as well.

The Clean-Up Day and Block Party is also sponsored by the Vernon Police Department and Vernon Parks and Recreation Department.

The cleanup event starts at 10 a.m. at the park, and will spread outward from there, depending on the number of volunteers.
The Block Party begins at 11 a.m. and will include free hot dogs and beverages. Safety helmets will be given to children accompanied by a parent, while supplies last. Rogers said there may be other raffles or giveaways as well.

For more information, visit www.rockvillect.org or the Rockville Community Alliance page on Facebook.com.


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