The GrowSouth initiative works to organize, inform and mobilize neighborhoods and community members. Community members are encouraged to stay well-informed on the issues that affect Southern Dallas. Have your voice be heard by getting involved and staying involved.
Strengthen your neighborhood
- Join a Neighborhood Crime Watch group and attend meetings or start a watch in your area. The Crime Watch program is a community based program that’s been proven to deter crime. Crime Watch is a group of neighbors working together along with law enforcement agencies and local organizations in a community-wide effort to reduce residential crime. http://dallascweb.org/crime-watch/starting-a-crime-watch/
- Get to know your neighborhood by participating in a Neighborhood Association. Visit the neighborhood map to see if your neighborhood has an association. To start a Neighborhood Association contact your City of Dallas Service Area Coordinator http://dallascityhall.com/departments/pnv/Pages/service_area_coordination.aspx
- Host a National Night Out event https://natw.org/
- Throw a Block Party or host a neighborhood potluck
- Plan a Community Clean Up or Beautification Project. Several City of Dallas departments have programs to help make your projects successful.
- Operation Beautification an Annual Citywide Community Cleanup http://dallascityhall.com/departments/pnv/Pages/Operation_Beautification.aspx
- City of Dallas Street Services MOWmentum Program is a joint effort between our city government and citizens. The purpose of the program is to keep rights-of-way and neighborhoods clean and beautiful. The sponsor can include homeowners associations, businesses, and individuals. The MOWmentum Program may be used for elaborate projects such as fully landscaped rights-of way. Street Services reimburses for vegetation, landscaping, irrigation systems and water meters.
- Borrow tools for your projects! Did you know that the City of Dallas Nuisance Abatement Division offers a Community Hand Tool Program which is designed to provide volunteer groups with equipment to mow grass, cut vegetation and clean up litter in their neighborhood for weekend clean-up projects or other beautification events?
- Free Trees! In recognition of the many benefits trees provide, the City of Dallas created two (2) programs to provide trees FREE to beautify our streets and for neighborhood plantings: 1) MOWmentum and 2) Reforestation Fund.
- City of Dallas Arborists work in Building Inspection, a division of the Sustainable Development and Construction Department. The City of Dallas encourages the growth of the urban forest by supplying trees and guidance to the citizens of Dallas. Created by ordinance for the mitigation of trees removed for city growth, the Dallas Urban Reforestation Fund provides a resource to purchase new trees that can be planted on public property, from parkways to parks. UFAC has prepared a Toolkit to assist. http://dallastrees.org/
Create a “Culture of Clean”
- Green Dallas. The City of Dallas supports several programs to help Dallas residents protect the environment and save money. From irrigation check-ups to high-efficiency toilet vouchers, visit Green Dallas to take advantage of the many programs and initiatives. http://greendallas.net/
- Recycle. Reuse. A Bag’s Life is a public educational campaign that unites non-profits, community and government organizations around the common goal of promoting the three R’s as they relate to plastic bags and common films and wraps used in our everyday lives. http://www.abagslife.com/
- Stay informed: Sign up to receive updates with the latest news concerning GrowSouth by receiving the GrowSouth newsletter. You may also like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.
Give your time to a cause that is close to your heart and needs your help. Getting involved as a volunteer in your community gives you an opportunity to help solve problems, make important social connections, and see your community as a living whole in which you are a vital participant.
Opportunities to volunteer exist in every community. One way to find local opportunities is to search http://www.voly.org/. To sign up for GrowSouth opportunities visit https://www.voly.org/opportunities/view.html?id=555367f177dd2455048616f1
- Volunteer with Dallas ISD http://www.dallasisd.org/domain/10416
- You can make a difference in the lives of Dallas ISD students and your community by volunteering or partnering with DISD.
- Mentor or tutor a student
- Support a classroom or school
- Provide a program or service to students
- Complete a service project at a school
- Donate services, goods or funds
- Volunteer with Reading Partners
- Reading Partners builds a partnership with teachers, parents, and community volunteers to provide students the support they need to succeed. By providing volunteer tutors research-based, structured lesson plans designed to focus on the individual needs of our students, Reading Partners is helping students become strong, confident readers with a passion for learning. In 2013-14, nearly 9 in 10 Reading Partners students (88%) accelerated their rate of learning in reading.