If your neighborhood had $1,000, what would you do to create a positive impact? Love Your Block Hamilton wants to know your answer!
Love Your Block Hamilton will be inviting community groups to apply for a mini-grant to transform their neighborhoods. Love Your Block Hamilton 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 two years of the Love Your Block Hamilton 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 Brooke Wells and Tyler Cook.
Brooke Wells is a Hamilton local and graduate of The Ohio State University where she received a B.A. degree in Psychology, with a minor in Education. Brooke is looking forward to the change that Love Your Block will bring to Hamilton.
Tyler Cook joins us from Kettering, Ohio to be part of the Love Your Block Hamilton team. Tyler is a graduate of Xavier University where he studied Criminal Justice and he is looking forward to collaborating with city leadership and residents to create a cleaner, safer, more engaged community.
Love Your Block is funded by Cities of Service, Corporation for National and Community Service, and the City of Hamilton.