Harmony Project Focuses On East Livingston Neighborhood

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UPDATED: Monday April 22, 2013 5:48 PM

Hundreds of volunteers are using community service to transform an East Columbus Neighborhood.

This week, volunteers have joined The Harmony Project and its partners for National Volunteer Week in Columbus. The service-based organization brings people together for city-wide community improvement projects.

"People from all walks of life, from this community from other communities, are coming together throughout the city with one focus," said The Harmony Project Organizer Tracee Hill. "That focus is what can we do?"

Participants are cleaning storefronts and painting buildings along East Livingston Avenue between Nelson Avenue and Parsons Avenue.

James Johnson said he has lived in the Driving Park community for more than 50 years.

"I been living here since March 1966, so I have seen a lot of changes. We have a lot of problems, but we keep on working on it," Johnson said.

Johnson said he started a neighborhood block watch to help neighbors deal with crime. Now, volunteers have stepped in to make the community cleaner.

For some, such as Amy Davis, this is a second chance.

"I spent the last 15 years addicted to drugs, lived a very reclusive life," Davis said. "To even be out among people, doing something like this, it just feels so wonderful."

This week's events include building a new playground at Fairwood Park and planting 100 trees. Events are scheduled through the weekend.

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