In February, P&G, the Cincinnati Reds, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden announced that Avondale had been selected for the 2020 Community Makeover.
The 2020 Makeover would have been the most ambitious to date with six project sites across Avondale and more than 500 volunteers scheduled to participate in the day-long service project on August 6.
The health and safety of the volunteers, community partners and local residents is the top priority for the team.
Given the current government and health expert guidelines, as well as the impact of the COVID-19 situation on construction timelines and local community resources, it will not be possible to complete the project in 2020.
Due to the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 situation, the organizers and partners have been forced to put most of the Makeover projects on hold until 2021.
The health and safety of the volunteers, community partners and local residents is the top priority, and given the current government and health expert guidelines it is not possible to complete the project in 2020.
To address the immediate needs of the Avondale community, the Makeover organizers along with the Duke Energy Foundation, have stepped up to secure donations and resources for local agencies that serve Avondale residents and Greater Cincinnati’s urban communities.
The Makeover partners have already approved donations to the following organizations to help the residents of Avondale now:
• Freestore Foodbank & Healthy Harvest Mobile Market
• SOACT (Serving Older Adults Through Changing Times)
• Adventist Outreach Ministry
The team is working to identify additional organizations and projects in Avondale this year and is committed to completing the previously identified scope next year.