Sharon and Larry
Adams and their neighbors wanted to revitalize their Lindsay Heights
neighborhood, home to more than 2,700 families, into a residential area where
people felt safe to leave their homes. So in 2000, Walnut Way Conservation
Corp. was born. This nonprofit strives to have the community take
responsibility for the area’s transformation and, as they put it, “is committed
to creating economically diverse neighborhoods, fueling environmental
stewardship, engaging residents and creating venues for prosperity.” Some of
the many revitalization projects include monthly Neighbor Nights, which
includes financial literacy training, youth programming, addressing
unemployment, home restoration and teaching healthy environmental practices.
Walnut Way’s two largest projects for 2014 are restoring and renovating their
2240 N. 17th St. headquarters after a devastating fire occurred this past
September (the restored building will include wheelchair accessibility), and
the construction of their Innovation and Wellness Commons on North Avenue.
“Our staff and
volunteers are incredible,” says Sharon Adams, Walnut Way’s executive director.
“What I love is the way our volunteers and staff connect. We do have an
orientation, which allows us to look at ourselves as assets so we are a
positive force. I love the way volunteers come to increase their own feelings
of goodness by being connected to positive energy. And they all work so hard!”
Walnut Way is seeking
donations to help with the restoration of their fire-damaged headquarters. In
addition, volunteers of all skill sets are welcome and those interested can
visit their website to view current postings. For more information or to make a
donation, visit walnutway.org or contact Sharon Adams at 414-264-2326.