The “Adopt your city” program by the City of Athens is addressed to anyone who is interested to “adopt” a street, a park, a square, a playground, a sport facility, a neighborhood, to make them more luminous, greener and friendlier for citizens and visitors.

Who could be interested

Athens is a European city facing many challenges. The City of Athens aims at dealing with any problems and finding direct and practical solutions that will help the city recover from the crisis. In order to make Athens a cleaner, more accessible and more sustainable city, it is important to build collaborations between citizens and the corporate world, the public and private sector.

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In this framework, the City of Athens created the“Adopt your city” program which calls citizens, small and large enterprises, foundations, organizations and anyone who is interested to “adopt” a street, a pathway, a park, a square, a playground, a sport facility, a neighborhood, or even a tree or a bench at the city in order to make the city more luminous, greener and friendlier for citizens and visitors.

How it works

This program is based on the belief that the public space is indeed public,and its reform and sustainable development should be a priority of every healthy and productive group of the city. The City of Athens consists of 7 communities, 38 districts and 129 neighborhoods. Everyone’s support for the protection, upgrade and maintenance of the public spaces is valuable. The program includes projects of every scale in every part of the city. The interested parties can contribute to the work of the municipality with ideas, in-kind offers or donations. Each company of Athens can start with its own street, pathway, neighborhood, its own vital space. The program aims at bringing significant results in areas such as cleaning, lighting, greenery, sustainable development, homeless issues, culture, social welfare, sports, education, new technologies. The partnership between the City of Athens and the private sector can be extremely valuable.

Anti-graffiti

Systematic cleaning that combats tagging, illegal posters and smudginess with the use of special cover that protects facades and walls from similar activities in the future. This process can make the city look much cleaner and more beautiful. 

On March 2020, with the support of the private sector, a total surface of  2000 m2 was cleaned on the roads around Omonia using 260 liters of special paint removal material and 140 liters of anti-graffiti protective coating.

On May 2020, with the support of Raycap S.A. an intensive anti-tagging intervention was carried out in the emblematic area of Anafiotika in Plaka. 

The project is already in progress and is looking for supporters to expand faster and more efficiently to all neighborhoods of Athens. 

Adopt Christmas in Athens

In Christmas 2019, the city was decorated with the valuable support of the private sector in order for the Christmas spirit to reach every neighborhood of Athens. Citizens, communities, companies, institutions undertook the decoration of specific areas and contributed to a lighter, more festive and more hospitable Athens. This initiative was supported by Onassis Foundation, Coca-Cola,  Protergia, energy sector of MYTILINEOS, COSMOTE, Papastratos, PPC, AEGEAN, National Bank of Greece, Ethniki Insurance Company, MOTOROIL Group through nrg, Ionian Hotel Enterprises SA, Panathinaikos KI.PO.K.A., Athens Tiare Hotel, Attica Bakeries, Hondos Center, Pireos Real Estate/Picar, Zeus International, ΕΖΑ.

City Interventions

City interventions, small or large scale, include urban equipment upgrade, new infrastructure building or maintenance and restoration of existing ones, cleaning, lighting, plantation, maintenance and sustainable development of public spaces around the city.

This initiative was launched at Anoixeos Square (Gazi) which was cleaned, equipped with new benches and more plants and trees with the support of attp and LeroyMerlin.

COVID-19 Response Initiative

During an unprecedented health crisis, companies, nonprofit foundations, and private sector institutions joined forces with the Municipality of Athens to protect public health and support our most vulnerable fellow citizens. The “Adopt your city” program operated as the platform through which the Municipality’s welfare structures were widely supported. The following companies readily and wholeheartedly “adopted the city” during this challenging period due to the corona virus pandemic:

Support for the “Help at Home Plus” program: ΑΒ Vassilopoulos, AVIS Greece, Bodossaki Foundation, The Coca-Cola Foundation, Coca-Cola 3E, Coca-Cola Ηellas, FRIGOGLASS, «Panellinio» Athens Experience Car Services

Food products: 3alfa, Agriniotiko, Barba-Stathis, BOLTON HELLAS, Bonduelle/Kope, Delta Products, Dodoni S.A., FRIESLANDCAMPINA HELLAS, GALITEL S.A, Hotel Grande Bretagne, Jotis, Karamolegos S.A., KELAIDITIS, Leader S.A.,  Melissa, ΜINOAN NRANDS, National Interbranch Poultry Farming Organization (Aggelakis, Agrozoi, Ambrosiadis, Arta, Distrochick, Kotino, Nitsakos, Pindos),

Nestle, NIKAS, Olivatria, Olympos, Planetfruits, SARISTI, Stelios Philanthropic Foundation, True Bites, Violanta S.A., ZAGORI.

Personal care and home care products: Arkadi, ENDLESS – Eurochartiki S.A., Henkel, Μega Disposables S.A., Metro MyMarket, Papoutsanis S.A, Procter&Gamble Greece, Softex

Homeless Shelter: Βed & Bath, Candia Strom, DEXIM, Domino’s Pizza Greece, Fourlis Group of Companies/IKEA Greece, Grant Thornton Greece, ISS Hellas, Kotsovolos, LIDO, Mastercard- Speedex, Pournaras, Praktiker Hellas, The Athens Gate Hotel

Street Work: Eurocatering, Jucebox, ELLA-DIKA MAS, LOUX, Μega Disposables S.A., Oikogenia Stergiou

Municipal Medical Centers: Athenian Brewery S.A., Evangelical Church of Greece, Grant Thornton Greece, Interamerican

Cleaning and Disinfection: Bodossaki Foundation, ElinOil, HELPE Group/ΕΚΟ

Municipal Police: MOTODYNAMICS SA, Saracakis Group of Companies

How to participate

Interested parties can submit their requeston this form including the area they wish to “adopt” and their desired contribution. Next, Athens Partnership, which is responsible for the implementation of the program, will communicate with them to discuss next steps.

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