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West Brattleboro Association receives $2K from Thompson Trust

The West Brattleboro Association (WBA) has been awarded $2,000 from the Thomas Thompson Trust.  This award will support WBA’s Neighborhoods Project, formed 4+ years ago to strengthen neighborhood ties in the West Brattleboro area.  The funds will be used to provide seed money and material support for volunteer efforts to bring neighbors together in ways appropriate to each neighborhood.

Thanks to this program in the past, several West Brattleboro neighborhoods have been able to fund gardens, flower beds, field trips, senior meals, tree plantings, and outdoor cinema events.

The WBA is an all-volunteer organization and is a Vermont and federal non-profit.  It is a community development organization with a 12-year history of working to re-establish a sense of identity in West Brattleboro.  Its purpose is to promote the thoughtful and effective evolution of the community of West Brattleboro as a place that is safe, healthy, attractive, and prosperous.

To contact The Neighborhoods Project , email Nancy Barber, nbarber38@comcast.net, to obtain a mini-grant application. 

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The West Brattleboro Association (WBA) has begun a project to strengthen neighborhood ties in West Brattleboro.  This volunteer, peer led effort will provide inspiration, ideas, encouragement, and access to resources to help neighborhoods take the next steps right for them.

Project Description:  WBA has identified a volunteer working group to contact existing neighborhood leaders and offer ideas and material support to bring neighbors together.  Food is usually a good way to start and much of the material support would likely be subsidies for pot-lucks and block parties.  The working group will distribute funds as it sees appropriate and will encourage neighborhood groups to replenish the fund as they are able. 

(For a fuller description of this project see the Neighborhoods Project Description file below.  Also, see the Neighborhood Events and Activities file to get an idea of the possible supported activities.  And see the 1-page Neighborhood Mini-Grant Application form for contact info and to submit a request for funding.)

Time Line: This is seen as a two-year project beginning in the spring of 2012, starting with established groups and leadership, and gradually reaching into neighborhoods where energy and leadership is less apparent.  At the end of two years, the project will be evaluated and continue in a newly defined way, or not.

Desired Outcomes:  Parker Palmer in his recent book “Healing the Heart of Democracy” notes several studies and projects that make a strong case that closer connections with one’s geographic neighbors is a significant step toward greater civic engagement (voting rates) and general community health and stability.  WBA goals in undertaking this project are:

  • Greater civic involvement
  • More efficient use of personal and community resources
  • Less reliance on outside, professional services
  • Stronger sense of belonging
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