Every year the Westview Community Organization strives to help those in need around Thanksgiving time. For last year’s Thanksgiving neighbors donated personal care items that were given to a women’s shelter. In years prior to that the organization participated in providing food for a Thanksgiving meal for the seniors at The Atrium at CollegeTown.
This year the Westview Community Organization partnered with The Big Apple Inn to put together Thanksgiving food baskets for those in need of a helping hand. Thanks to all the generous donations four boxes of food items were collected and will be distributed via the Youth of Westview program.
The Westview Community Organization and The Big Apple Inn would like to thank all the neighbors, good Samaritans, and Westview businesses who donated towards this cause.
When 5th/3rd Bank decided to open a branch in the Kroger CitiCenter shopping complex they did not simply renovate and start work, they actually came to the community. Future 5th/3rd bank manager Shaylah Richburg attended Westview Community Organization meetings months before the store was set to open and immediately asked “How can 5th/3rd Bank contribute in the community?” Shaylah continued to attend meetings and brought a ham to the annual Holiday Luncheon at Fire Station 17, mingling with the community like a committed neighbor. Through her attendance and communication with residents she soon found an issue that has become close to the heart for many residents in the past year – the work Pat and John Perdew have done with neighborhood children. The Perdew’s have opened their home to children where they can be in a loving, encouraging environment, where neighbors stop by to help the kids with homework after school, and where the kids can work together to cook a family meal. For their grand opening 5th/3rd Bank wanted to once again show their commitment to the surrounding area and chose the Perdew’s “Youth of Westview” children as the organization they would like to support. We are therefore proud to announce that the “Youth of Westview” were awarded $500 through fiscal agent “Next Steps Youth Entrepreneur Program” (from neighboring Beecher-Donnelly) to help fund future projects for the children.
Westview can be excited to have gained such a community-based bank at a time when most banks leave a bad taste in people’s mouths. Welcome to the neighborhood Shaylah and 5th/3rd Bank!
To view more photos of the 5th/3rd Bank grand opening please visit our Westview Facebook page.
Westview residents have created their own version of the “Big Brothers/Big Sisters” program. A few neighbors have taken several neighborhood children under their wing to help them with homework, spend dinners together around the kitchen table, and be there to generally support them and teach them every day tasks.
One of the recent projects was learning about gardening. The Westview Community Garden provided a few empty plots to the kids. They weeded the beds and planted vegetables which they will be able to proudly watch grow.
To view more photos of the community garden please visit our Westview Facebook page.
Several neighborhood children came together to clean up a littered commercial lot and overgrown street portion of Westwood Avenue. They ended up with 36 bags of trash. And the hard work paid off – several neighbors sponsored a pizza party for the kids when they finished!
To view more photos of the Westwood clean-up please visit our Westview Facebook page.