The City of Jerusalem has decided to seek 500 volunteers to
help improve the city's appearance.
As part of the "Yerushalayim Berosh Naki" project and
the municipality's policy of maximizing Jerusalem residents'
involvement in cleanup and urban improvement efforts, the
municipality has launched an environmental watch program in
conjunction with the community administrations and the
Jerusalem Society for Community Centers.
Over 200 concerned residents from around the city have
already been enlisted to take part in the program. Every
Environmental Watch volunteer is assigned to an area or
street in the his neighborhood and reports problem spots
within the area under his charge by calling the 106 municipal
hotline, or if necessary the police, Bezeq or the Electric
Company. When calling any service hotline the volunteer
receives priority after identifying himself using a secret
Environmental Watch volunteers take part in a modular
training program that includes enrichment in urban
environmental control issues as well as leadership and
communication skills for dialogue and initiating and planning
projects. Volunteers also receive a kit containing relevant
information on handling problem spots in the city.
Training programs for Environmental Watch volunteers are
already underway in several neighborhoods including Ramot
Alon, Kiryat Menachem, Ramat Shlomo, Rechavia and Pisgat
Ze'ev. The city plans to enlist a large number of volunteers
in every neighborhood who will have an impact on local
residents and have them join comprehensive efforts by the
city and residents to improve the urban landscape.
The municipality and community administrations are calling on
every resident who cares about the quality of life and the
appearance of the city to join this unique project.