Grassroots program spruces up neighbors’ yard


Like many of her Cooper-Young neighbors, Lisa Dawson had noticed that some of her neighbors were having trouble keeping up with their yards and the properties were becoming increasingly overgrown. Poorly maintained yards are a common issue in Memphis. Many of us see them as a negative part of living in the city, but Lisa didn’t get online to complain about her neighbors. Instead, she wanted to help. Instead when went on the social media site Nextdoor and asked if anyone would work with her to clean up the property a little.

The response was overwhelming. Her post garnered over 100 replies, including offers to volunteer from the Cooper-Young Neighborhood Watch and the Cooper-Young Community Association the suggestion to make the neighborhood yard cleanup a monthly event.

On Saturday, June 11th, a number of residents — many of whom had never met before — came out to help their neighbor and made the first Yard-a-Month Community Clean-up an inspiring success. We would like to thank everyone who worked hard that morning, everyone who helped organize the cleanup, and especially Lisa for providing the initial spark and getting the neighborhood involved. You guys showed what Cooper-Young residents can do when we all get together. We want to honor you the best way we know how: by doing it all again.

This month the CYCA and CY Neighborhood Watch will head out on Saturday, July 16th at 9 am to help Stacey Smith and Kevin Gallagher at 2095 Nelson. They’re having a hard time and need some help keeping their yard in shape. All are welcome to lend a hand. It would be especially helpful to bring any yard equipment — gloves, trimmers, rakes, etc. — that might make the job a little easier. We’ll also have refreshments on hand to help with the heat.

If you know anyone else who might need help in the yard due to age, illness, or unlucky circumstances, please send their information to or call us at 901-272-2922 and we’ll see what we can do. — Kristen Schebler

Author: LampLighter

The voice of Cooper-Young, a vibrant, diverse neighborhood to live, work and play, in the heart of Midtown Memphis, Tennessee.

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