Sandbranch Cleanup Days
Have time to volunteer? Join in lot clean up every third Saturday, 9 a.m. - 12 noon on these dates: May 19, June 16, July 21, and August 18. Complete the volunteer release form here BEFORE you come. Come dressed to work in long pants, long sleeved shirts, gloves, closed toe shoes, and hats.
Call Chris Guldi 972 239-5878 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to take part. We will arrange carpools.
You can read the latest about the community on their Facebook page.
Sandbranch is a tiny, historically African American community long neglected by Dallas County. Residents in 2016 began a long-term plan to care of the community's problems themselves, by using volunteers and a variety of grants to clean up the neighborhood and provide it with clean water. The neighborhood of about fifty homes has endured years of being used as an illegal dump site. Neighborhood water wells became contaminated in the 1960's. The homes were built in a flood plain prior to building code changes for flood-prone houses. Regulations limiting home repairs based on the home's value have prevented normal maintenance because the houses have a low monetary value to begin with. The community, though, claims 137 years of history, a value beyond that of mere real estate, and neighbors are working toward turning around the years of neglect. Pastor Eugene Keahey of Mt. Zion Baptist Church invites Sierra Club members to join their efforts.