East St. Louis Action Research Project

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Continuing Involvement in the Community

In 1996-97, in addition to new activities, the Project continued to put much effort into providing support to community organizations. This long-term assistance is continually evolving as ESLARPís neighborhood partner organizations develop greater capacity to tackle increasingly larger projects. Assistance was provided over a series of seven work weekends this year by over 800 students and faculty members from the University of Illinois.

Projects included setting up, taking down, and storing the Farmerís Market equipment and rehabilitating an abandoned church parsonage to be used as offices of the Winstanley-Industry Park Neighborhood Organization. ESLARP worked with its neighborhood partners in Olivette Park to clean up hazardous vacant lots and in Emerson Park to establish a Christmas tree farm. ESLARP volunteers assisted the Landsdowne Improvement Association in developing a neighborhood park and preparing playground equipment and the Loisel Hills Neighborhood in enhancing their entryway. Volunteers enabled the Alta Sita Neighbors, Inc. to develop a neighborhood mini-park on land donated by a member and to repair and maintain two neighborhood homes. Students also provided surveying assistance as several neighborhood organizations work to implement neighborhood plans.

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