Kensington: Adopt-a-Block Initiative Tries to Clean Streets and Graffiti

This block, between Cumberland Street and Martha Street, will be part of the "Adopt-A-Block" program.
This block, between Cumberland Street and Martha Street, will be part of the "Adopt-A-Block" program.
This block, between Cumberland and Martha streets, will be part of the Adopt-a-Block program.

Early this month, the New Kensington Community Development Corp. announced its Adopt-a-Block program, which will have residents act as neighborhood-cleaning ambassadors for certain blocks in Kensington.

NKCDC is not only looking for individuals who reside on these blocks, but also businesses and organizations to volunteer approximately four hours per month any time of the month.

Activities include, “collecting and disposing of litter, removing graffiti and bandit signs, reporting violations to 3-1-1, communicating with NKCDC and participating in larger community cleaning efforts,” as listed on the Frankford Avenue Arts’ website.

“We do an annual business survey and one of the questions in there is about litter and trash having a negative impact on their businesses,” Molly Henry, one of NKCDC’s economic development board members, said about how the program started. “In response we were saying, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if businesses were committing themselves to cleaning up…and get an award for it?'”

As an incentive, NKCDC is giving those who volunteer in the program recognition in NKCDC publications, a decal or poster to display, discounts for ad space in their Business Guide and group marketing opportunities.

As the Adopt-a-Block is still in its beginning stages and once NKCDC receives enough participants, it will have an organization meeting to discuss the program and to give out the free tool kit and training forms.

“We’ll probably include things like brooms and rags and definitely we want to put in graffiti removal because that’s a big issue here,” Henry said.

Those interested in the program can receive more information by calling 215-427-0350, ext. 111 or by emailing


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