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Easter J
1080 Pearce Street
(North Memphis)
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Impromptu Cleanup

the project

North Memphis is the true "Heart of the City". Pearce Street was once a beautiful vibrant area. It's time to restore her beauty. So, we're going to put a KISS on it! Keep it Safe & Sanitary is an awesome opportunity to revitalize our community. Working hands on with our neighbors will show that we are invested in the resurrection of our neighborhood. For more than 10 years we have been petitioning, fighting and rallying together to get an abandoned apartment complex demolished on Pearce Street. This eyesore remains. We want to move forward with reclaiming our street. The first step to doing this is to safely remove the debris and broken glass left behind on the open lot.

We are planning an event to promote the health and safety of Pearce Street. Our goal is to bring our neighbors together and eliminate blight and hazardous materials. We plan to work in a socially distanced event to clean up and develop a plan to KISS (Keep it Safe & Sanitary). We will also be working to encourage our neighbors to get active again by cleaning up our street. Most of our neighbors are not as comfortable getting out to participate in clean-up efforts due to Covid-19 concerns and not having the appropriate tools to clear the lot. So, this is where I-Oby comes in. Help us fund the project.

the steps

Print and Display flyers announcing clean up event

Purchase supplies 

Distribute supplies

Promote the event via social media

Recruit volunteers

Secure appropriate permits required for event



why we're doing it

KISS will change the physical appearance of Pearce Street. After the cleanup trash will be eliminated allowing fresh air to circulate creating a healthier environment. The people in the community will see change and feel better about themselves and the environment. KISS will motivate neighbors to clean and continue to upkeep the area. If the area is clean, it will lower the chances of community exposure to Covid-19. Again, our goal is to bring awareness to safer practices to combat Covid-19 and eliminate blight.


Revised Budget 10/17/2022: 

  Normal Fees Waived Fees
TOTAL RAISED = $2,490.00 $2,490.00
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $124.50 Waived
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $74.70 $74.70
TOTAL TO DISBURSE= $2,290.80 $2,415.30

BUDGET 10/18/2022: 

Lawn Mowers(2) $500 $500
Weed Eaters (2) $300
Rakes(5) $150
Trash Bags $100
Gloves(rubber& cotton gardening) $55.85
Landscaping Professional $200
Bottled Water $50
Insect Repellent Sprays $25
Hand Sanitizers $50
Face masks $50
Covid-19 Testing Kits $250
First Aid Kits(3) $50
Marketing Materials $100
Reflective vest $80.00
Gas $151.50
T-Shirts $200 $200
Blower $100





ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) Waived
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)
Donation processing fees apply to donations only. 100% of match funding goes to projects. Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised and amount of match funding applied to this campaign.  


Impromptu Cleanup

Hello Volunteers,

Thank you for participating in the cleanup at last minute yesterday.  I thought that I should take advantage of a beautiful day. This Saturday, March 4 is going to be another beautiful day.  I hope to see you.

Again thank you for your help.

KISS Community Clean Up Saturday, January 14, 2023

12/10 project update

Hello Volunteers,
Last Saturday was rainy, cold and wet; nevertheless, a few of you showed up.  We were able to work for an hour.  Fortunately, within the hour we were able to get a lot done.  But there is yet a lot of ground to cover (See photos below).  The next scheduled cleanup will be after the holidays.  I will notify you.
Thank you for your participation and support. 

Kiss Community Cleanup 12/10

KISS First Clean Up November 5th

The first cleanup activity was Saturday, November 5, 2022. Thanks to all of the volunteers it was successful. We are looking forward to the next activity.

KISS Kickoff Success

The KISS Project Kickoff was successful.  The residents attended and signed up to volunteer.  We had a great fellowship.  Everyone is looking forward to the first cleanup service which is Saturday, November 5 from 9am to noon.  

KISS Project Kickoff

HELLO, it's time to prepare to put a KISS (keep it Safe and Sanitary) on Pearce Street. The Community Cleanup Kickoff will be held Saturday, October 29, 2022, 12:00 noon- 2:30 pm. sponsored by New Christian Spring Church 1080 Pearce Street, Memphis, TN 38107.  FREE FOOD, GIFTS and MUSIC.   You can register to volunteer and/or register to have your outside property cleaned (trash pickup, lawns mowed, etc.).  Contact Raymond Ruffin at (901) 247-3544 or Easter Jenkins at (901) 453-8544 for more details. 

We hope to see you there!  Your property deserves a KISS!!

Thanks to Donors

HALLELUJAH!!!! We did it!!!   We reached our goal, and we are now overflowing.  Thank you all for your donations.  We are planning a celebration to kick off the first cleanup activity late October. The exact date has not been set yet.  We will keep you posted.  We are excited and we hope you are too.  Again, thank you all for your support.  

Easter Jenkins and Christian Spring Family


This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration


  • Anthony J.
  • Patti Ann J.
  • Angela Lockett
  • Stacy D.
  • Mario Bey
  • William Jones (Bro. Love)
  • LaTerrilyne M.
  • Orange Mound Quilters
  • Alicia Brookins
  • Jessica J.
  • Linda W.
  • John A. Harbin
  • John A. Harbin
  • New Christian Spring Church
  • Alexander S.
  • Easter J.
  • North Memphis Finest
  • April Renee Jenkins