We???ve been quiet for the past several months on the $100,000 community development block grant we recieved from the city, but we want to update you and keep you in the loop as we continue to walk through this process.
This grant has been a growing process as NeighborLink has been able to take on bigger, more complex projects we haven???t always had the means to accomplish. Having $100,000 at our fingertips to stretch further into the community is an exciting opportunity. In an effort to invest all of the money into the community, we have completed 5 projects, with 4 more in process. Almost half of the funds have been utilized and we're progressing toward our goal of finishing 20 projects by the end of the year.
Sometimes at NeighborLink, we begin to forget how what we do inside the office is impacting what is happening outdoors, down the street at a neighbors??? house. So the staff took some time out of the day recently to drive to the houses that have been improved through this grant funding. Our Program Manager Pam Hickle has been working hard on the grant, setting up contractors, and working with neighbors. For her, seeing the houses and homeowners was a drop of encouragement in the midst of some challenging moments.
Pam said, ???I love that at every house, the homeowner was happy and satisfied with the work. I'm thankful that part of their home improvement is done and they have one less thing to worry about.???
At the beginning of August, we were able to install new windows for our neighbor Scott. Before being replaced, an upstairs window was missing in his daughter's room where cold air was coming through. When we stopped by to see the new windows, he thanked us profusely for giving him new windows and helping his family. To watch the depth of impact Scott felt, and the joy that welled up inside of him because somebody took the time to help him, was a moment that embodied why we do what we do.
Advocating for homeowners and supporting contractors throughout the approval process has been rewarding for the staff of NeighborLink. It takes patience and dedication for everyone involved to see these projects through. We are eager to partner with more homeowners as we invest in our community overall.
We still need volunteers to initiate projects and join us in this project. You can read more about that process here. The more volunteers that help us, the more we understand the dynamics of our model and whether we need to continue doing this program. This program has the potential to grow exponentially if we can prove the demand. Volunteers are essential to that process.
If you have any questions about any details or aspects of the grant and funding process, contact: