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Pangea Cares Beautifies Chicago Neighborhoods on South and West Sides

August 18, 2021

Chicago-based Pangea Properties (Pangea) spent the month of June giving back to several of the Chicago neighborhoods in which they own and operate residential communities. Through its community service arm, Pangea Cares (a 501c3 nonprofit organization), the firm organized three days of volunteering, completing outdoor projects on Chicago’s South and West Sides.

Volunteer sites included the South Merrill Community Gardens in the Jackson Park Highlands neighborhood; Vernon Park Gardens in West Woodlawn; and several Pangea-managed buildings.

At the South Merril Community Gardens, volunteers tidied, weeded and mulched the community garden and gathering space to prepare it for planting and summer events. They also built a new edge and fence around the front walkway between the sidewalk and the street, adding mulch to the area. Since the volunteer day, the garden has hosted an ongoing art project and chair exercise class for seniors.

“We were thrilled to work with a new partner, South Merrill Community Gardens, as it sits so close to many of our communities,” said Kelsey Lake, Pangea operations manager. “We look forward to working with them again in the future.”

Along with Eco House – a nonprofit Pangea has partnered with in the past – the Pangea Cares volunteers also did extensive weeding at Vernon Park Gardens and sanded and varnished a performance stage that Pangea Cares volunteers built a few years ago. Pangea’s maintenance team also built an archway as a welcoming entrance point for the garden.

Maggie Druffel, Pangea Marketing Manager, was a part of the Pangea Cares event at Vernon Park Gardens previously, when they helped Eco House build the stage. “It is exciting to partner with Chicago Eco House again and I love going back to Vernon Park Gardens to see how our volunteer work has helped keep the space running and looking great over the years.”

For a series of Pangea-managed communities, volunteers worked to add to the curb appeal of the buildings by landscaping and cleaning walkways and entryways.

Pangea Cares will continue to gather volunteers for neighborhood and property-level beautification initiatives, as well as plan regular events to support the Chicago, Indianapolis and Baltimore communities.

About Pangea Properties:

Pangea Properties is a Chicago-based private real estate investment trust founded in 2008 by Al Goldstein to provide quality, affordable housing. Pangea Properties acquires value-add apartment buildings and renovates them as workforce housing, investing almost $500 million in 12 years to acquire and rehabilitate almost 13,000 units in Chicago, Indianapolis and Baltimore. By doing so, Pangea Properties helps to improve neighborhoods block by block and catalyze nearby development. At a time when most U.S. cities face a workforce housing shortage, Pangea Properties has committed to this housing sector, holding assets for the long term and working to be a positive force in residents’ lives and in the neighborhoods it serves.