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New Neighborhood Grant Projects!

2016 Will be Bright with New Projects!
We are grateful to announce community groups and their partners that will collaborate and engage diverse neighbors in four new projects in Central Northeast! 

Building Community Together.
The Central Northeast Neighbors grant program gives to efforts that actively involve under-served communities and other groups in these three community building areas:
  • Developing leadership and skills.
  • Building community identity.
  • Strengthening relationships and creating new partnerships.

Home is Where the Heart is                  
Living Stages and Right 2 Survive 

This partnership will present an interactive community forum that engages both housed and houseless in conversation about the qualities and conditions that make a home. Living Stages has been working successfully tobring awareness on issues of houselessness. Participants engage directly in a theatrical role play. This works to support the voices and develop leadership skills of those who experienced homelessness, and offers a unique opportunity for them to share their insights with the wider community in a neighborhood setting. The goals include deepening the collective understanding of home and housing as an essential and urgent need facing our community.

Let’s Take the Lead on Lead

Beaumont-Wilshire NA, Lead Safe America, and United Neighbors for Reform

The goal of this partnership is to increase awareness of the dangers of lead poisoning, especially in children with a film screening, panel, and community outreach.  With the demolition of buildings in residential areas, lead paint dust can become a health threat as is demonstrated in the film MisLEAD. The screening at the Hollywood Theater and follow-up discussion will be supported by door-to-door lead outreach near the houses slated for demolition in Central NE neighborhoods.


Scott School Kermes Community Celebration and Resource Fair
Center for Intercultural Organizing (CIO), Impact NW, Scott School

The annual Kermes multicultural celebration is to strengthen community identity and to inspire in parents and neighbors a sense of investment, responsibility, and pride in the education of the children in the Cully neighborhood. More than half of the students at Scott School speak a language other than English at home. The goal is to increase community connections.  This effort will provide resources to bring families, neighbors, and groups together. The Kermes celebration includes multi-ethnic food, performances, and interactive activities and is planned by a racially diverse group of parents and teachers.

Youth Bike Mechanic and Community Outreach Class 
Community Cycling Center and Helensview School in Sumner

This bicycle-based collaboration will support education and community building needs of youth attending Helensview.  These teens who’s needs were not met in other educational settings will develop hands-on skills using a STEM curriculum. The project will provide a professional bike mechanic that is experienced working with youth. The school features a bike workshop space that is well suited to host this exciting learning experience. The class will follow the Next Generation Science Standards which is possible through this unique collaboration.  The goal is also to engage youth in community stewardship and connection through bicycle empowerment.