Adopt-a-Block is an annual event with a kickoff in April. The award-winning program is resident driven and was developed by the Environmental Committee in 2002. It encourages residents and businesses to work together to beautify the community. By banding together and committing to a yearly clean-up, neighbors can take ownership for the appearance of their block. The city provides trucks and trash bags for removal of litter.

2024 Adopt-A-Block

The tentative ddate for the 2024 Adopt-A-Block is April 20! Meet at 8 AM in the Community Ceter for coffee and donuts. The clean up usually lasts until 10 or 11AM.
More details, signups to follow.

2023 Adopt-A-Block

The 2023 Adopt a Block was April 22, 2023! Clark Glover once again headed the effort. Thanks to Clark and all our volunteers!

Every year we meet at 8 AM on a Saturday close to Earth Day at the 1013 Portage Community Center for donuts and coffee. South Bend Neighborhood Services & Enforcement (SBNEE) hands out bags, gloves and Safety instructions. The Local Cup will be open for to go flavored coffee, hot chocolate and their usual fare.

This event focuses on litter only. SBNEE is only able to pick up bagged litter – no yard waste or large items. Bags of trash can be placed at our flashy pink stakes located throughout the neighborhood on April 23 when Code enforcement will pick them up. No large items please, call 311 for large item pickups.

If you want to clean beyond your own yard, please let the office know. If you are in need of help for your yard also call the office Mon-Th, 9–5. If there are volunteers, we will be happy to put them in contact with you.

SBNEE cleans our area Parks in the time surrounding the event so there is no need to address these areas. Feel free to call the office with any questions or concerns at (574) 232-9182.