If your neighborhood had $1,000, what would you create? Love Your Block Phoenix wants to know your answer!
Beginning Fall of 2015, Love Your Block Phoenix will be inviting community groups to apply for a $1,000 mini-grant to transform their neighborhoods. Love Your Block Phoenix is a mini-grant program funded by Cities of Service to support resident-driven improvement projects in lower-income neighborhoods. Projects may include community gardens, neighborhood cleanups, tree planting, community murals, and graffiti removal.
Cities of Service is a national nonprofit organization that works with cities to launch and build city-led, resident-driven programs that target the needs of communities. In order to boost these efforts, Cities of Service has brought on two dedicated full-time AmeriCorps VISTA members for the first three years of the Love Your Block Phoenix program. AmeriCorps VISTA members are national service members who serve in U.S. communities to fight poverty, similar to the Peace Corps. This first year AmeriCorps VISTA members are Helen Stoddard and Hayley Steele.
Helen Stoddard has come all the way from Arlington, Virginia to be a part of the Love Your Block Phoenix team. She is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.F.A. in photography. Apart from being a VISTA, Helen enjoys traveling, biking, and drawing. In the next year, Helen looks forward to becoming a part of the Phoenix community.
Hayley Steele is a Phoenix local and graduate of Northern Arizona University where she received a B.S. in criminology and criminal justice, and political science. Hayley is ready to be a part of the meaningful change that Love Your Block will bring to Phoenix.
Love Your Block is funded by Cities of Service, Corporation for National and Community Service, and the City of Phoenix.
Please visit phoenix.gov/volunteer for more information about Love Your Block Phoenix and to see if your neighborhood falls within the initiative boundary area. You can tell us how you ‘love your block’ by taking our quick survey at the link above. Don’t forget to connect with us on social media and learn more about Love Your Block projects across the country! @loveyrblockphx @citiesofservice