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Recap of "Be a Good Neighbor Week"

07-21-2017

“Be A Good Neighbor Week”... What a success! We are super thankful for everyone that came out to serve at one of our projects. If you couldn’t tell from our social media, we loved every single volunteer who decided to give their time to loving a neighbor on one of the projects. 


Here is a short but eye opening recap of how things went for each of our projects. 


Project #8017 - Roof Replacement

Judy Cunningham had been asking for a roof for help with her roof for sometime now. How great is it that we were able to put a new roof over her head in 2 days. One of our faithful volunteers Ron took the lead as our staff helped where we could. This project had some unique events happen. On day one of demo, a random neighbor climbed up on the ladder and started to help. When we asked if he knew what NeighborLink was, he said "No". Then we asked why he was helping. He said, "I just do roofing for a living, had an extra hour, used to live here in this neighborhood and wanted to help. Judy has needed a new roof for a long time and I'm happy to see she is finally getting one". It's moments like these that make us stand back and take hope in the fact that neighbors truly do still love neighbors. 


Project #11058 - Fence Building

Kevin and his wife were more than thrilled to have their fence project complete. Their dog Abner is even more thrilled! With the completion of this fence, Kevin is now able to help in the responsibility of caring for Abner. It took our volunteers about three days to complete this project. However, It was a blast to work along side a group of retired men who so willingly donate their time to NeighborLink. We could all learn from their example. 


Project #11720 - Hand Rail Installation 

While we often highlight the big projects, the small ones are just as significant. Claudretta has a difficult time going up steps and needed a hand rail installed, and her rotted ramp removed. In a time span of three hours, we had filled her need! Sometimes all it takes is a few hours to help someone gain mobility. 


Project #11511 - Exterior Paint & Facia Repair

Marjorie had several pieces of facia that needed repaired or replaced as well as a new coat of exterior paint. Thanks to our friends at YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne, she was able to get the majority of her work done. Marjorie was also gracious enough to provide lunch for the volunteers that showed up to her home. 


Project #11765 - Neighborhood Yard Work

This is where we really saw people sacrifice their time to make a difference. We had a good group of individuals come together on a Thursday afternoon to go around the south side of town mowing lawns with weed violations. This was a stretch for some as they asked why the homeowner needed help, but it was a great transformational experience for them. We love that people rallied their coworkers to come out and serve. We also really loved the baked goods that were left for volunteers.


If you feel led to volunteer, donate, or just are curious about what it looks like to join our efforts, please reach out! We would also like to encourage you to stretch yourself this summer. Take a half day or a full day off work, skip your normal routines and get to know the needs of your neighborhood. Whatever you can do, simply do it. Small things do change neighborhoods... and we’re in control of the small things. #loveyourneighbor



Why Be a Good Neighbor Week

06-22-2017

Neighborhoods are our most sacred places. They’re the places we choose to invest in our greatest asset. The place we choose to raise our children. The place we invest years to make a house into a home. Neighborhoods are the most important asset of any city. Our city. 

One of the challenges we all face on a daily basis is to remember that our house, our family, our investment is just one home on a block in a neighborhood that could have hundreds of homes. Whether you live in the city or the suburbs, it's the same. Its hard to remember that each house around us represents another person or family doing the best they can to navigate life’s joys and circumstances. Our personal pursuits lead us to loose sight that our story is connected by proximity to those around us. 

Some of us are thriving now. Some thrived decades ago. Some are struggling with cancer, lost jobs, age, disabilities, or any number of life’s circumstances that impact us. Do you know your neighbors? Do you know their stories? If you knew that a neighbor on your block couldn’t mow their grass due to age, would you help out? What about a neighbor that just had a new baby, would you make them dinner? Most of us would, but we simply don't know our neighbors or have the courage to ask the questions we instinctually feel. 

At NeighborLink, we work hard to help neighbors in need connect to neighbors that are open to responding with tangible acts of kindness. When neighbors connect to help one another, neighborhoods are strengthened because relationships matter. Neighbors helping neighbors remind each other that they have each other’s backs. Small things change neighborhoods and it begins with neighbors making an intentional effort to serve or be kind to one another. But, in order to do that, you need to get outside of your house and get to know one another. 

Our Be a Good Neighbor Week is your opportunity to join NLFW as we organize a number of projects for neighbors in need throughout Fort Wayne. We are dedicating our time and energy to making projects available the entire week for volunteers to simply show up for. We will be working all day, each day that week including evenings on a couple of days. If a date or time doesn’t work for you, we’ll find a time to ensure you get connected. Have a big group of neighbors that want to volunteer together, we'll find a project specifically for you as close to home as possible. Just want to join in on what we're doing, regardless of skill, we have a project for you. 

Be a Good Neighbor Week is designed to show and inspire you to find ways to be a good neighbor. Even if you don’t join us on a NL project, consider ways you can do small things. Pick up trash as you walk your dog. Bake cookies for the neighbors around you. Turn on the water sprinkler in your front yard. Host a cookout with neighbors. Mow the grass for the house that’s for sale next door. You know the needs in your neighborhood. It’s just a matter of acting on the instincts you have. 

To join us at NL or for more ideas, visit us at Be a Good Neighbor Week and sign up today. Try to stretch yourself this summer. Take a half day or a full day off work. Skip your normal routines for this. Whatever you can do, simple do it. Small things do change neighborhoods and we’re in control of the small things. 

Be a Good Neighbor Week - July 10th - 14th

06-14-2017

From July 10th - 14th, NeighborLink Fort Wayne will be hosting our first ever "Be a Good Neighbor Week." Over the course of this week, we will have organized projects available for anyone to join us at any point in the week for a few hours, an entire day, or even the entire week. We know that getting started with any new volunteer opportunity or organization can be intimidating, so we're going to do all the hard work so you can show up, engage, and learn more about how small things can transform neighborhoods with a little hard work. We believe that the power to transform our neighborhoods and city is within anyone willing to put on some gloves, grab a hammer, and be a good neighbor by offering a tangible act of kindness to a neighbor dealing with life's circumstances. 


We've chosen a few projects to get the week started and depending on how many register to join us or how quickly the projects get completed, we'll add more projects to accommodate everyone. We've chosen projects that we believe anyone can volunteer for regardless of skill, ability, or age. 


The next steps for you are to commit to a time frame, sign up for one the projects, and we'll be in touch with all the details. Come alone, bring a friend, your workplace, your family, or anyone that you think would love to volunteer this week. Join us as we help vulnerable neighbors with tangible home repairs and maintenance so their quality of life can be improved. Neighbors helping neighbors is never a bad thing. We're going to be flexible this week and anticipate having some post-work hours available for those unable to join us during the day. The barrier to entry is only going to be what stands in your way of making a decision to join us. 


After 14 years of connecting neighbors, we know that any time you spend volunteering with us will be time well spent. Details on how to sign up and what projects we'll be doing will be at this link. We hope you'll join us for a few hours or a few days. 


https://www.nlfw.org/serviceEvent/60