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"Make Your Mark with Common Roots" on Aug. 8

Updated: Jul 31, 2020

Doug Lodge (left) and Victor Susol watch the back porch fall down during a demolition project at 1189-91 South Main St. on July 25.

Come one, come all to “Make Your Mark with Common Roots.”

You’re invited to participate two Saturdays from now in an event that is not only fun but also helps Common Roots’ cause.From noon to 2 p.m. Aug. 8 at 1189-91 South Main St. in Meadville is a spray painting event at the house we’re currently renovating.

The fundraising event coincides with Crawford Gives, which returns Aug. 10 and 11.

Here’s how it works: Pledge to donate any amount to Common Roots during the 48-hour period of midnight Aug. 10 to 11:59 p.m. Aug. 11, and we’ll give you an opportunity to spray paint the beams inside the house on South Main.

The artwork is up to you. It’ll be on a first-come, first-spray basis from noon to 2 Aug. 8.

Common Roots’ mission is to create sustainable, community-based affordable housing. We are a young, grassroots organization that is currently working on our first housing project at 1189-91 South Main St. Thanks to awesome volunteers, the property is gutted, plans are completed and we’ve recently begun Stage One of the renovation, which involves framing and rebeaming, constructing a double-decker back porch and installing an efficient utilities system. All money we raise during Crawford Gives will help us complete this crucial first stage.

To donate on Crawford Gives days, visit crawfordgives.org and select Common Roots. Type in how much money you’d like to provide before entering your credit card information and submitting your donation.

Why should you donate during Crawford Gives compared to any other day? The more you donate, the more we’ll get from Crawford Gives’ matching process. Common Roots has also created its own matching pool that’ll add to any donation you provide.

Common Roots received $3,388.36 through last year’s Crawford Gives. This year, our goal is $5,000.

With the pandemic and high unemployment, we know life isn’t easy nowadays. At Common Roots we feel what we’re doing is as important as ever right now.

We’ll be sure to social distance during the event, which will include live music and more.

We’ll also have drawings and blueprints of the house on hand so you can see our progress and get a glimpse of what our plans are for the future.

No contribution is too small. We’re thankful for anything you can provide.

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