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Sterling Blog: Funding the foundation

While you’re driving down Sterling Boulevard, you may have wondered how those medians are kept so well maintained and look so nice. Contrary to popular belief, it wasn’t the work of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). VDOT only steps in when the grass in the median reaches the height where it could hinder drivers trying to see oncoming cars—so about three feet or so.

However, the medians start looking shabby well before this, and that’s where our Sterling Foundation steps in. Each year, the foundation made up of residents like you and me pays for 10 mowings—far more than VDOT could ever do. This is in addition to the foundation’s work on Sterling Fest, the Wellness Fair, the Helen Casey Butterfly Garden, the clean-up efforts … honestly, I’m getting tired just thinking about all they do to keep our community looking good and having fun.

Unlike many neighborhoods in the area, Sterling Park doesn’t have an HOA, though many of our townhome communities have their own. This means that money needed to mow the medians, host a wellness fair or clean up the roadways comes from sponsorships, fundraising drives, and donations from us. Without our support and the tireless work of volunteers, our community just wouldn’t be same and wouldn’t look as nice.

How can you help? It’s easy, and there’s plenty of work to be done. Board meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month and the public is welcome. You can also show up at Joe’s Pizzaria and Subs, 22360 S. Sterling Blvd. on July 26, 5-9 p.m., for a silent auction to support the many efforts of the Sterling Foundation. You can find this great organization at SterlingFoundation.org or at their Facebook page at Facebook.com/SterlingFoundationVA/. It’s that easy to get involved with your community and make our neighborhood more neighborly.

On July 20, our own Sterling Playmakers will take over the court at Cascades Overlook, 21453 Epicerie Plaza, from about 6:45-7:25 p.m. to sing songs from their upcoming musical event of the summer, 42nd Street.

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