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2018 Be A Good Neighbor Week - July 9-14th

01-24-2018

We're excited to announce the 2nd Annual Be a Good Neighbor Week that is scheduled for the week of July 9th - 14th, 2018. Our inaugural event last year saw volunteers replace an entire roof, build a fence for a young couple, and help a senior citizen clear yard debris and do some painting. We had a successful week and are looking forward to expanding our impact this coming summer. 

Be a Good Neighbor Week is NeighborLink's way of providing a week-long service initiative to provide flexible service opportunities for anyone and everyone that wants to help a neighbor in a structured, organized, and collaborative way. We also have a desire to create a week-long effort that better illustrates the collective impact a group can have when they all offer their talents over a period of time when it best suits their life rhythms. We believe service needs to integrate into our lives to be as transformative as we'd like. Lastly, we want to challenge individuals that may have a history or taking oversees or regional mission trips to consider staying local this year. Consider taking some time off work or a series of half days to serve your local community. It's harder than you think, but we suspect its the personal challenge you or your family has been looking for. 

NeighborLink will select, organize, and lead a handful of highly structured and planned projects that individuals can plug into based on their availability and skillsets. In addition to the structured projects, we will assist groups of volunteers, like a business, in identifying a project they can take on and own with just their group. We're also inviting our partner organizations, like the YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne, to consider creating service opportunities during this week along with us. 

As the date draws near, we'll be adding project to this service event and updating the content to reflect the details. Until then, mark these dates on your calendar.

You can sign up to join us here as well: https://www.nlfw.org/serviceEvent/76

2017 Annual Report

01-09-2018

2017 was a remarkable year and we wanted to make sure we documented it well and shared it with everyone that's been a part of making it successful. So, we took the time to hire a writer, Lindsay Hotmire, and invited her to interview a few foundations that provide significant funding to us as well as many other great nonprofits. Lindsay just happens to be the person that was influential in started NeighborLink Van Wert in 2009 and knows our organization well. We combined her stories with the data from some of the most prominent highlights of 2017 and asked our graphic designer, Matt Plett, to turn the content into an annual report. In addition, we created videos to go with the report to bring a few of the stories to life like only video can do. You can view those videos and several others by clicking here

This was our first attempt at developing a real, in-depth annual report in 14 years, and the first major printed piece we've created. It was important for us turn this content into a printed report and continue developing our ability to provide evidence that the resources our donors and volunteers are investing in our organization is making an impact for neighbors in need. Sharing the story is important to us and an annual report is a great tool to do so. We look forward to making this a regular rhythm at NeighborLink for years to come. 

By clicking the link below, you can download a PDF of the report. If you would like a printed copy mailed to your home, we'd love to do that. Simply send an email with your mailing information to Andrew@nlfw.org and he'll get one in the mail. 

NL-AnnualReport-singlepage*SMALL.pdf

We're In This Together

01-02-2018

More than passion and mission, it takes incredible effort to secure a nonprofit’s survival. Issues of funding, leadership, resources, volunteers, and sustainability often hang in the balance for many nonprofit directors and boards. And while those of us at NeighborLink have been elbow-deep in the nonprofit world for more than a decade, we’ve yet to get to a place where navigating through any of those things is easy.

Since first venturing out in 2003, our purpose has never wavered. We’ve always been focused on awakening neighbors to the needs of those around them, and throughout our first decade, that mission was sustained by the generosity of our volunteers and donors.

But by 2013, our eyes had been opened wide. We had felt and seen the overwhelming depth of need around us, and our ability to meet those needs was only made possible by the overflowing goodness of  foundations like  AWS Foundation, Brotherhood Mutual, Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne, Foellinger Foundation, and M.E. Raker Foundation.

In the last 12 years at NeighborLink, we have been profoundly affected by each person or organization that has crossed our path. Our volunteers share insights that challenge and inspire us. Our team and board members move forward in a unified vision. And our funders walk alongside us—both literally and figuratively—as we strive to stay true to our mission of helping neighbors help neighbors.  We humbly recognize that without the financial support of our funders, our mission could not carry on.

The Foundations throughout Northeast Indiana stand as a bulwark of hope for so many within our community. As relentless champions to thousands of volunteers and organizations, their behind-the-scenes work rarely demands notice or acclaim, but it all plays a pivotal role towards changing  the ways we collectively think about disabilities, about empowerment, about leadership, and about our future. At NeighborLink, we believe those who have intersected with our own mission might describe hope by pointing to wheelchair ramps, packed moving boxes, rides to a doctor’s office, warm and dry homes, and new friends who offered untethered help. And so much of that is only possible because of the support from our Foundations.

As we’ve secured more grant funding throughout the last few years, we’ve begun to wonder more about the stories of each foundation that has chosen to support us. So we reached out to  five of them and asked if they’d share a little about their own missions, their goals, and their visions for the days ahead.  Not surprisingly, we discovered that we often share the same struggles, and we were reminded that this pursuit of a strong, vibrant community is something that ought to never be a solo endeavor.

It takes all of us, and we’re ever grateful for the partners who journey along with us.

Part 1 - Finding the Intersection - AWS Foundation

Part 2 - Living out a Familiar Call in Unfamiliar Ways - Brotherhood Mutual

Part 3 - A Mission To Serve - The Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne

Part 4 - A New Era of Nonprofit Leadership - Foellinger Foundation

Part 5 - On Investing Well - M.E. Raker Foundation