Clearing lots consists of removing debris, trees, and garbage from vacant and overgrown lots, then mowing and weeding them. Many abandoned lots have been neglected to the point that the weeds, grass, and small trees have grown up to 10 feet high. These lots are a fire hazard, full of dangerous debris, and sometimes used to conceal criminal activity. Our goal is to clear every lot in the community providing a safe and clean environment for kids to play and live.
Clearing lots is hard but satisfying work, especially in the summer when it is so hot. Due to the heat, during summer months we recommend clearing lots from 8 am till noon only. When clearing lots, one MUST wear long pants and closed toed shoes. We recommend you bring WATER, sunscreen, insect repellent, safety glasses and earplugs. Your group will use heavy-duty lawn mowers, brush hog, weed eaters, hedge clippers, heavy-duty trash bags and sometimes a chain saw (for experienced adults only). Generation One can provide this equipment if you do not have it.
Steps to clearing a lot:
- Walk through the lot picking up and removing all garbage and debris.
- Cut down and remove any trees that must be removed.
- Mow, weed eat, and trim remaining trees and fence lines.
- Make sure that the debris pile is stacked neatly and as close to the street as possible so the city can pick it up on heavy trash day.
- DO NOT go into yards not assigned to your group. What you view as trash may not be!!!
We like painting the homes to help beautify the neighborhood. Typically we like to put 15 to 25 volunteers on each home that we paint. It usually takes about 6 hours to paint a home from start to finish and cost $300.00 for paint. Equipment needed includes 10 gal of paint for the house itself, and 2 gal for the trim. Each volunteer will need a paint brush or roller, paint scraper, 6 to 8 ladders, broom, rake, garbage bag, drop cloth, and rags. Generation One can supplement your supplies, but your group should bring as much as possible. Our goal is to paint every occupied home that needs it in the community.
Steps to painting a home:
- Scrape the old paint that has started flaking off the house. Scraping usually takes about 2 hours. Note – Only scrape the cracked and flaking paint off. You do not have to scrape down to bare wood. Place drop cloth to catch the paint you’re scraping.
- Paint the house and the trim. Paint a very thick first coat. The wood will soak up a lot of paint. Some homes may require a second or third coat.
- Clean up the paint that was scraped off the house and any paint that spilled on the ground. Again our goal is to paint every home in the community that someone is living in.
- Wash out/clean up all equipment used and return it to Generation One. Make sure the site is left in even better condition than it was found.
To date, we have demolished and removed 16 hazardous buildings in the community. We have a couple of demolition companies that donate their crew and equipment in order to remove crack houses, homes that burned down or dilapidated and dangerous buildings. Our biggest need involving the demolition of hazardous buildings is someone to cover the cost of the roll offs used to remove the debris. The typical house we demo requires 3 forty-yard rolls offs. Roll offs cost between $450 and $550 a piece. Our goal is to remove every building that is a danger to this community.
We continuously seek skilled labor that can repair a leaking roof, leaky sink, and take care of small plumbing, electrical, sheetrock, flooring, toilet, cabinet repairs. We also need people capable of building wheelchair ramps, rebuilding porches, and replace rotten siding. We have an ever growing list of homes that need these kinds of repairs.