Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Paxton Community Cleaners!

A New South Shore Company was born last week: Paxton Community Cleaners (PCC).
Formed by a tight knit group of adolescent people who decided they would create their own Summer Jobs, most of the pre-teens live on Paxton, hence the name.

Andrea, Andre, Andrianna (siblings), Sierra, Christine, and Avianna founded the company by making lists of jobs they'd be willing to do for some extra money.
They list things such as gardening, cleaning up outside, landscaping and lawn care (watering & mowing), washing dishes, going for walks with pets and/or humans, cooking, baking, and creating art.

Last week, when approached by the Founders, they created a job of cleaning the area in front of our homes for 4 days, Thursday through Sunday, as well as planting two hostas in my front yard. Using latex gloves we had on hand, the crew helped themselves to recycled trash bags, filled them and disposed of them.

On Sunday, they each recieved $5, a price we'd negotiated beforehand. On Monday, Andrianna, affectionately known as Mommy, asked if they could still work -- they were bored and wanted some constructive focus. We decided that they'd create lists of skills they'd be willing to offer and post them here -- on KISS.

So Neighbors, if you have the ability to support community building and the children in our village, I urge you to do so. You can contact myself, Steve or Carly via email or this blog, or you can fax: 773.435.6326 with your project, contact info, and the type/amount of compensation you're willing to offer. Got a skill your willing to teach? Bring it on. Make your class as formal or informal as you like. Feel like mentoring? The more the merrier. Maybe one day we'll see increased pride in our community through youth leadership initiatives like the Paxton Community Cleaners.

As for potential costs, keep this in mind: When I told 'Mommy' I couldn't afford to 'hire' them for any cleanups this week, she said "That's ok -- you don't have to pay us, we just want something positive to do." and that, my friends, is 'Priceless.'

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

5th Annual Spa Day Event: June 23, 2009

Where: South Shore Cultural Center (7059 S. South Shore Dr.)
Time: Thursday, June 23 from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (you must arrive on time to ensure spa service)


This is an invitation only event, compliments of the Chicago Police Dept. 3rd District Domestic Violence & DAC Subcommittees. Please contact Officer Angela Browner at 312-747-7004 for more details

Free food, manicures, pedicures, massages, and more will be available!

National Night Out-- August 4, 2009

Where? 7200 S. S. Chicago Ave
Time: 6 p.m., Tuesday Aug. 4, 2009

The Chicago Police Dept. 3rd District invites you to attend this special event! Please come out to show your support, promote peace, and have pride in our community!

Special performances: South Shore Drill Team, "Ray of Hope" Performing Arts Studio, Vocals by "Thiana"

Sox vs. Angels Game August 6-- Sign up!

When: Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009 (1:05 p.m. game)
Where: U.S. Cellular Field (333 W. 35th St.)
Cost: $21 per person

Sign up and come along with the Chicago Police Dept. Senior Subcommitte to the Game! For more info, contact Officer Donald Gadson or Officer Angela Browner at 312-747-7004 OR contact Latoya Jones at 773-933-7654

RSVP Now, Seating is limited!