For the second year in a row, NeighborLink Fort Wayne has partnered with the City of Fort Wayne to scrape and paint fire hydrants around the city. Most neighborhood associations take responsibility for the hydrants in their neighborhoods, but there are many stretches of hydrants throughout our city that don't have anyone to care for them. We find these routes of hydrants to be symbolic to our mission because they're the forgotten or the ones that no one feels responsible to do anything about. They are the exact projects we care about just like the hundreds of other projects that find our website.
Besides caring for the hydrants that have no owners, we believe these projects are fantastic entry points for volunteers looking for low-barrier projects that can be done with limited time or with a family in mind. We've had a great turnout of volunteers who've given up weeknights and weekends to help us get all 122 hydrants done on our list this year.
The City of Fort Wayne also generously offers us $5 per fire hydrant in payment, which adds up to $610. These funds will go to funding other NeighborLink projects that we have a hard time finding funding for. It's a win-win scenario for us all.
As always, we couldn't have done it without our volunteers.