City kicks off the first Love Your Block project week of the summer

Volunteers are focused this week on the East Avenue neighborhood

The City of Erie’s Love Your Block team is in the midst of this summer’s first project week – which runs through July 22 – with 44 small home repair and cleanup projects in the East Avenue neighborhood. That area is bounded by the Bayfront Highway to the west, Lake Erie to the north, East 12th Street to the south and Gilson Avenue to the east.

Continuing today through Saturday, volunteers and Love Your Block team members will spread out to work with neighbors who have been selected to receive mini-grants for small projects including porch painting and repair, handrail installation, landscaping, large item removal, and mailbox and house number installation. Crews from the City’s Streets Department are also assisting with the projects.

  • Start times: Thursday, 1 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.; Saturday; 9 a.m.
  • Start location: Erie Center for Arts and Technology, 650 East Ave.
From left: Laika Mooney, Seneca Straub and Andrew McDonald scrape paint from a set of porch steps, on July 18, 2023, in the East Avenue neighborhood. They are part of a team of AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps members that will work in Erie for the next seven weeks. On this day, they were taking part in the Love Your Block Project Week 1 in the East Avenue neighborhood. MONICA Z. GUSTIN/CITY OF ERIE

The Love Your Block initiative aligns with Mayor Joe Schember’s vision to provide welcoming, vibrant neighborhoods for Erie.

“We want to build opportunity, restore hope, and transform Erie,” said Mayor Schember, referring to his administration’s Mission Statement. “Programs like this are helping us do that in these neighborhoods, and with some of the people who need it the most. We are excited to be doing it.”

Here’s the lineup for the next Love Your Block projects, and the neighborhoods that they’ll be in:

  • July 25 – 29, East Bayfront
  • August 22 – 26, Lakeside
  • August 29 – Sept. 2, Marvintown

For more info:

To learn more about Love Your Block, visit our website: To volunteer, fill out the registration form at our website or call our office at 814-870-1276.

City of Erie Streets Department employees Steve Sornberger, at left, and Aaron Pommer, at right, re-paint street markings on East Sixth Street near Wayne Park, on July 19, 2023, as part of the first project week of the Love Your Block initiative in the East Avenue neighborhood. CHRISTOPHER MILLETTE/CITY OF ERIE
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