Dothan’s Love Your Neighbor / Love Your Neighborhood Initiatives
Dothan’s City Manager, Kevin Cowper, envisioned the City’s future by developing the Love Dothan Campaign. Under the umbrella of Love Dothan, there are 8 sub-initiatives of the program including Love Your Local Businesses, Love Your City Employees, Love Your Downtown, Love Your Neighbor, Love Your Neighborhood, Love Your Orange Barrels, Love Your Schools, and Love Your Work.
On Saturday, August 15th, The City of Dothan put out a call to local churches and civic organizations and the call was answered. 150 volunteers showed up to participate in the inaugural Love Your Neighbor / Love Your Neighborhood program. A 14-block section of the historic Baptist Bottom neighborhood was identified as an area that could use some help. Help is exactly what it received! From 7:00 a.m. until noon, volunteers worked tirelessly to help their neighbors by performing yard work, trimming trees and bushes, hauling unwanted items out to the curb for pick-up by Environmental Services, etc.
Twenty-five residences called, in advance, to request assistance with their properties. By all accounts, the workday was a tremendous success and a blessing to the residents as well as to the volunteers. People from diverse backgrounds came together to help each other out. It truly was an awe-inspiring demonstration of neighbor helping neighbor.
The City of Dothan plans to organize events on a quarterly basis with the next event to happen in November. With so many negative things going on in the world today, this was something extremely positive and beneficial to the City of Dothan!