Staying connected during this time of physical distancing

Update June 2, 2020: Please read our post in support of Black Lives Matter and the continuing fight for racial justice in America.

Health and safety are so important to building vibrant community spaces. With that in mind, we are moving our in-person Neighbor Up gatherings to online spaces so we can stay connected, support each other, and learn together while also observing the guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19. Please join us as we weave together what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called “the beloved community.” To get involved, join us by phone or online at one of our upcoming gatherings.

Neighbor Up members are working in the following 4 areas:


  • The Neighbor Up COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants are providing financial assistance to grassroots neighborhood civic groups as well as small non-profit and faith-based organizations for efforts related to the provision of needs during COVID-19. Details on the Neighbor Up COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants are here.
  • Buckeye-Mt. Pleasant Micro-Grants are offering: personal financial support of up to $500 to people in the Buckeye and Mt. Pleasant neighborhoods for basic needs (rent, mortgage, utilities, food); small business support of up to $500 for small businesses in the Buckeye and Mt. Pleasant neighborhoods to pay rent, utilities, and/or pay employees; or support of up to $1,000 for grassroots neighborhood groups in the Buckeye and Mt. Pleasant neighborhoods to assist their neighbors. Details on the Buckeye-Mt. Pleasant grants are here.
  • If you applied for a Neighbor Up Action Grant, interviews are delayed until the summer. Stay tuned for details.


The Listening group is making calls each week to 10 to 15 people – especially those who may be isolated. We are listening to what people care about during this time, sharing information we have and inviting folks to join a virtual gathering and/or get involved in weaving together the community.

Virtual Community of Practice

Another group of Neighbor Up members are hosting a virtual Community of Practice to bring people together online for mutual support and learning and sharing around community building during this time. Join Community of Practice on Wednesdays by calling in from your phone or through Zoom. Details here.

Virtual Marketplace

Other Neighbor Up community builders are hosting a Virtual Marketplace (just like the one we all know and love from Neighbor Up Nights) to offer mutual support during this time of physical distancing. This is a space to connect, to make a request for or offer of mutual support, or to make a declaration. Text MP to 474747 to enter your request, offer or declaration.

Check out the list of the requests, offers and declarations being made here.

See the News 5 Cleveland story about the Virtual Marketplace here.

Contact us

The Neighborhood Connections office is closed as we observe the guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19, but staff members are working from home. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

For more detailed and up-to-date information on COVID-19, please click here.

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