‘Operation Groundhog’ unites Cleveland neighbors in their battle against the destructive critters

We’re working with neighbors in North Broadway on Operation Groundhog. Read more about it in this article.

The Cleveland Observer: Solving Digital Inequality – Better, Easier, Faster, Cheaper

Why is Cleveland one of the five least connected cities in the U.S. for internet? Can it be solved – quickly, effectively, inexpensively, and equitably? These questions, and others, brought a team of people connected to the Neighbor Up network together over the past year to understand the pressure points and craft a change theory that became, ConnectedNEO. Read more about ConnectedNEO here.

Ohio News Time: First participant in the new Cleveland Rocks Music Incubator Program

We working with the team at Cleveland Rocks to offer microloans of up to $2,000 to Northeast Ohio musicians and music professionals. Find out more and apply at and read about the first participant in this new project here.

Find out more about our new microloans for grassroots entrepreneurs in West Park here.

The Cleveland Observer: Voices on the Vaccine

Cleveland Documenters partnered with The Cleveland Observer to publish a three-part series done by Documenters who interviewed more than 40 friends, family members, neighbors and residents from across the city over the past several weeks to understand their views about the Covid-19 vaccines, which in some cases were still evolving.. Read the series here.

The Land: NeighborUp network works to ensure equitable access to the vaccine

Read The Land’s story about our work around equitable vaccine access stewarded by Neighbor Up member Christina Keegan:

Keegan said the goal of Neighborhood Connections is to provide support to these grassroots groups. At first, they did that by providing PPE and hygiene supplies. Then as vaccines became available, they realized there was a need for assistance to ensure grassroots groups could help community members who wanted to get vaccinated. 

Keegan said the first step was to partner with the Greater Cleveland Rapid Response Fund, which provided vaccine access codes to Neighbor Up, allowing them to directly register people for vaccines at the Wolstein Center. Read more…Ch

ideastream: Clevelanders Navigating Loneliness, Social Isolation During Pandemic

This ideastream story included Neighbor Up members who are combatting social isolation like Gordon Martin and his work in the Stockyards neighborhood. Find the full story here. Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund awards over $238,000 to 4 non-profit organizations

We’re thrilled to receive more funding from the Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund to provide grants to small nonprofit organizations and grassroots group. Read the full story here and check our our grants here.

News 5: Community activist, business owners highlight comics featuring black superheroes, artists

Neighbor Up member Dawn Arrington talked with News 5 about her project Comics at the Corner, which was recently funded through Neighbor Up Adult Literacy Grants. Watch the story here.

The Sound of Ideas: Northeast Ohio, Winter, and How We Engage With Our Parks & Green Spaces

Neighbor Up member Kaela Geschke was part of a discussion on The Sound of Ideas about making inclusive public spaces. Listen in by clicking here. And find out more about Neighbor Up’s work around equity and public space here.

ideastream: Citizen ‘Documenters’ Shine A Light On Public Meetings In Cleveland

ideastream did great story on our Cleveland Documenters work . Click here to listen.

News 5: Podcast highlights efforts to build a better land in Northeast Ohio

Neighbor Up member Carol Malone talked with News 5 about the podcast “Neighbor Up Spotlight” that she created to highlight Neighbor Up members making positive change in the community.

Click here to watch the story.

And find all of the podcast’ episodes at

USA Today: Nature gap: Outdoor recreation isn’t just for white people. Invite Black youth outside.

Check out this story from USA Today about the Hood family and their work to connect people of color with the outdoors.

Excerpt from the article:

In 2009, the mother-daughter trio founded Syatt — an acronym for “See You At The Top” — with a grant from the Cleveland Foundation’s Neighborhood Connections program, and set out on a mission to not only increase access to natural spaces for Black youth, but to produce and encourage Black joy in places that haven’t always been safe or welcoming of people of color.

ideastream: In Cleveland, Unlike Richer Suburbs, Playgrounds Are Still Not for Playing

We are proud to support artist and activist Walter Patton’s work to provide a place for young people to play while playgrounds are closed with a Neighbor Up COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant. Listen to the ideastream story about Patton’s Create Art Not Violence, a weekly gathering in the Central neighborhood where kids can draw, make music or write.

Cleveland Magazine: A New Community-Centered Publication Covers Buckeye, Larchmere And More

Good news from the East Side — a resident-driven news site “A Greater Buckeye” is telling good news coming out of the Buckeye, Larchmere, Shaker Square and Woodland Hills neighborhoods. Read more in this Cleveland Magazine story.

Morning Journal: Neighbor Up examines assets of people, community in Lorain

The Morning Journal in Lorain wrote about work we’re doing there to connect residents and weave a stronger social fabric. Read the article here.