Neighborhood Makeover Week offers workshops, volunteer activities

The City of Tacoma will celebrate “Neighborhood Makeover Week” with workshops April 22-28. The free workshops address a variety of home and yard improvement topics, including natural yard care, tree care, weed control, edible garden basics and rain barrels; interior and exterior home maintenance basics; ways to “green” your property; and crime prevention tips for your home and yard. For more information or to register for workshops, visit or contact the workshop coordinator at (253) 591-5414 or .

Additionally, volunteers are needed for makeover teams that will converge on a South Tacoma neighborhood to show how simple projects in a concentrated area can make a big difference. Projects will include weeding, planting, debris removal, edging, and other basic curb appeal improvements. Volunteers who are able to perform more skilled repairs (such as fence, sidewalk or siding repair) are also needed. To volunteer for a makeover team, visit or contact the volunteer coordinator at (253) 382-2780 or . If you have a skill in a specific area, please mention it when signing up.

Tacoma’s Neighborhood Makeover Week is about empowering residents to beautify and maintain their homes and neighborhoods as a way to make their community safer. Community partners include the City of Tacoma, Rebuilding Together South Sound, WSU Extension Master Gardeners, Communities in Schools and Tacoma 360. Several other groups and individuals have volunteered to lead workshops, help with volunteer projects and donate to the effort. For more information, visit or . This effort is about partnering Tacoma residents with City of Tacoma employees to make Tacoma safer, cleaner and more attractive. Teams work within existing City budgets and harness community resources to make improvements. For more information, visit .