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.
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 https://clevelandrocksppf.org/music-incubator-program/ 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.
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.
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
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.
ideastream did great story on our Cleveland Documenters work . Click here to listen.
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.
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.
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.
Cleveland Documenters was spotlighted in this FreshWater story.
Excerpt: There are upwards of 150 City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County governmental departments and agencies holding public meetings and conducting public business every day in Northeast Ohio, but many agencies receive no media coverage or even produce records of what was discussed.