Alert city to problems with Gary 311
May 15, 2013 1:02PM
It looks like warmer weather is here to stay and that means spring cleaning, whether in your homes or in the community.
That said, if you have downed trees or potholes in your neighborhood you can report these problems to the city of Gary’s Public Works Department in real time thanks to a new 311 app.
I was alerted about the 311 app after texting about the path of potholes on my block. Visit www.gary.in.us/publicworks/citizen-311-responder.asp, an internal Citizen Response Network to handle non-emergency requests for service.
Gary 311 is a free app that allows users to report community issues, pinpoint the issue location with GPS and attach photos right from your smart phone. Click on the link mentioned at the beginning of this paragraph to obtain more information.
If you want to contribute work to a community garden, the Stewart House Urban Farm and Garden project will have a workday from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at 15th and Massachusetts Street.
Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes, bring garden gloves, cardboard, shovels, rakes, wheelbarrows and lawn mowers. Help is needed in mowing and laying down mulch between the beds. Sponsors should begin planting in their beds.
The 14th annual Walk for Sojourner Truth House takes place at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 8, at Froebel Alumni Park, 13th and Madison.
You can register early or donate to STH by going to www.walkforsth.org or calling 947-8500. Registration on the day of the walk starts at 8 a.m. but why wait when you can go to the website now?
The theme is “Taking Steps to End Homelessness.”
Sojourner Truth House was established in 1997 by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, serving the hungry and the homeless women and children.
The executive director, Sister Peg Spindler, said last year STH provided food to more than 24,000 individuals and served more than 10,000 hot meals. Not only does STH provide food and clothing with its food pantry and clothes closet, it provides clients with assistance, counseling and case management and provides referrals that help its clients.