Many of us who call the West Side home have strong roots here and care deeply about our community. West Side Grows Together seeks to support people who want to play a role in making positive change in their neighborhood, whether that is their block or beyond. You can find out about the many ways residents are making a difference by finding us on Facebook.
The West Side is lucky to have a strong network of civic associations that meet regularly to address neighborhood issues like public safety and offer a chance to get to know your neighbors. Whether you rent or own, being part of your local civic association is a great way to feel a part of the community. To find a civic association for your neighborhood, click here. If you live in Cool Spring/Tilton, you might also want to join their neighborhood Facebook group.
Every year on Wilmington Community Project Day in May, West Side Grows Together coordinates a West Side-wide clean-up in collaboration with all the neighborhood associations. The best way to get involved is through your civic association, but you can also contact West Side Grows directly for help with planning, logistics, tools, etc. West Side Grows Together also works with interested groups to get involved with the City’s Adopt-A-Block program or participate in the City’s new initiative to clean and green alleyways.
The West Side has more than 300 properties registered with the City of Wilmington as vacant. Through our Reclaiming Vacant Properties Initiative, West Side Grows Together works with residents and partners in the City, including the Department of Licenses and Inspection, the Department of Real Estate and Housing, City Council, the police, and the Attorney General’s Office to bring vacant buildings back to good use.
Peace in the Streets
Every year on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, West Side Grows Together organizes a Peace March and Community Celebration in collaboration with the Wilmington Peacekeepers. The Peace March follows 4th Street from St. Paul’s Church to Be Ready Church. It is followed by a community celebration with music, dance, spoken word, and activities for youth. Watch a short video created to document the event: