Habitat for Humanity and the Sierra Bonita Community Coalition had a blast putting on the 2018 Summer Festival for the residents of the Sierra Bonita! The 2019 Festival is scheduled for June 29, 2019.
Community members celebrated the arrival of summer while getting to know their neighbors over barbecue, snacks, ice cream and a drawing! This neighborhood event also gave the community a chance to learn more about what the coalition is doing in their community! Habitat’s work with the Sierra Bonita Coalition is part of our broader Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative.
The Sierra Bonita Community is a senior citizen community located in Paso Robles. The Sierra Bonita Coalition includes Sierra Bonita residents, other community members, and Habitat for Humanity for SLO County representatives. The goal of the Coalition is to facilitate communication with residents on desired projects within the community and coordinate revitalization projects and efforts. A key component of the Coalition’s work is going out into the Sierra Bonita Community and surveying residents about what they would like to see happen in their community. The ultimate goal of the Coalition is to work with the County in successful implementation of beneficial changes through projects for the Sierra Bonita Community indicated by the residents.
In 2018, the City of Paso Robles Public Works Department partnered with Habitat for Humanity to repaint the fire hydrants in the Sierra Bonita Village. Freshly painted fire hydrants can not only beautify a community but also enhance safety. The City of Paso Robles provided the paint while Habitat for Humanity provided the labor through the recruitment of volunteers. It was an exciting project!
Another project that is currently being advocated for in the Sierra Bonita Community by Habitat for Humanity is improvements in the city bus system. A need for improvement was revealed in the 2017 Transportation Survey, the major findings of this survey indicated that the biggest transportation challenge faced by residents were the lack of bus stops with benches and adequate coverings from the elements. This project would add benches and coverings to existing bus stops as well as adding in new stops as funding allows. Habitat for Humanity has been in contact with both the City of Paso Robles and the Regional Transit Authority who have each expressed their willingness to collaborate on this project.
If you have any interest in helping this community through volunteer work on various projects please contact our volunteer coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. We at Habitat for Humanity are very excited to be a part of building this community and working with the residents to make the positive changes that the community wants!