Archive for the ‘Volunteer Opportunity’ Category

No Butts About It – Street Sweep Collects 200 Pounds of Litter

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

Raleigh, NC – The Pleasant Ridge & Ramsgate Community Watch, building a safe and informed family community, held Street Sweep 2009 on April 25, 2009, their annual neighborhood clean-up event. The group had volunteers, starting at 4-years old, deployed throughout the neighborhood logging over 20 service hours before temperatures started to creep into the low 90’s. The organization estimates that over 200 pounds of trash was collected. Several volunteers joked about items collected such as, various car parts (headlight, side mirror, and body parts), old, soggy newspapers, and lots of beer cans and bottles.

“The amount of cigarette butts seemed to be down this year,” said Pleasant Ridge & Ramsgate Community Watch President, Tabitha Groelle, “I’m surprised at how many people leave the Garner-Clayton paper in their driveway, unread, and decomposing – creating an eye sore for our community.”

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The event organizer, Jason Hibbets, Pleasant Ridge & Ramsgate Community Watch Vice President was pleased with the outcome and hosted an afternoon cookout for the volunteers. “Not many people want to get up early on a Saturday morning to go pick up trash, but when it’s your neighborhood and no one else is going do it, you have some ownership and you feel good when it’s done.” (more…)

Park and Pedestrian Safety

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

I attended the Raleigh City Council this evening to speak at the public hearing for this year’s budget. Times are tight but our neighborhood still needs to get our share. While the potential park at Lineberry Drive and Sierra Drive has stalled, I asked the city council to still pursue purchasing this property for a neighborhood park and secure funds for the master planning. Additionally, I added a new request for pedestrian improvements in the area.

Actually, these two items go hand-in-hand. If you can envision the park being the center of the neighborhood, we have Lineberry Drive and Sierra Drive as major pedestrian routes leading to the park. We also have Trailwood Hills Drive, Alder Ridge, and Lawrence Drive as other routes with pedestrian traffic. Generating the pedestrian awareness now can strengthen the proposal for the land acquisition. Neighbors will be asked to participate in a task force over the next several weeks, I hope that we have excellent participation.

Below, you will find the request I presented to City Council on January 6, 2009: (more…)

Free Shredding Event Sept 27, 2008 (2 Locations)

Saturday, September 13th, 2008

Concerned about Identity Theft? You should be. It’s one of the fastest growing crimes in America that effects over 300,000 North Carolinians each year. You can take action by shredding old documents, junk mail, credit card application, and other paperwork that has your information on it. And you can do this for FREE on September 27, 2008.

See the information below on an event that Pleasant Ridge & Ramsgate Community Watch is very passionate about and will have volunteers participating to help people coming out to shred.


Neighbors Team Up On Phone Books

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

I sent an email out to the Lineberry Alliance email list announcing a very exciting volunteer initiative that several of our neighbors our helping with.  We have neighbors in both the Trailwood Springs and Pleasant Ridge & Ramsgate who have volunteered to collect phone books at their homes and deliver them to recycling centers at the end of April 2008.

As you may or may not know,  Wake County sponsors telephone book recycling, but the City of Raleigh does not offer curbside pick-up for phone books. Please take advantage of this opportunity and thank your neighbors who our volunteering for this.  This is an easy way to recycle and a great way to save gas on a trip to the recycle center.

If you live in another neighborhood, perhaps you could implement a similar idea?

SmartCommute Challenge April 15 – May 30

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

The 2008 SmartCommute Challenge is a public service campaign sponsored by Triangle Transit (TTA) and SmartCommute@rtp that addresses air quality and traffic congestion in the Triangle. Employees and college students in Orange, Durham, and Wake counties who take the Challenge to try a smarter commute are eligible to win great prizes, including the Grand Prize: two airline tickets to anywhere in the continental U.S. and a week-long hotel stay in the destination city.

Carolina Pines Dog Park Volunteer Day

Thursday, August 9th, 2007

All dog lovers are invited to help continue creating the Carolina Pines Dog Park near the ball fields at Carolina Pines Civitan Park (2305 Lake Wheeler Road) on Saturday, August 18th, from 8:30am to Noon.  The last volunteer day was a great success, and we look forward to having an even better day this time.  The harder we work, the sooner dogs and dog owners will be able to enjoy the space amongst the trees.  There will be activities suitable for people of all abilities and ages, so bring your family and your friends, but please leave your four legged friends at home until the park is ready.  Sturdy footwear (tennis shoes work fine) and proper attire (they may get a little dirty) are highly recommended.  If anyone has any questions, please contact Patrick Cooney at  See you there.