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Announcing 10 Inspiring Community Projects in Partnership With H&R Block

Written by Team Nextdoor

Nextdoor and H&R Block partnered to revitalize neighborhoods and spark connections across the country 

At the beginning of 2020, we teamed up with H&R Block to launch a nationwide search calling on neighbors to submit projects that would revitalize or create local spaces to provide more opportunities for neighbors to connect. As COVID-19 isolated communities around the world, this mission proved crucial with more than 2,000 project ideas submitted by neighbors in all 50 states who want to make their blocks better and bring neighbors together in new ways. 

Today, we are excited to announce the 10 community projects that Nextdoor and H&R Block will support to build more resilient communities, reduce social isolation, and improve quality of life. Over the next several months, we will work with the nominators and local volunteers from the 10 selected neighborhoods to safely bring the projects to life with necessary COVID-19 safety precautions. Additionally, we will be sourcing help and resources from beloved local businesses to complete the projects by the end of the year.

Now, more than ever, we see the power of neighborhood connections. In recent months, we’ve grown to rely on people and places nearby. The selected community improved projects will foster meaningful connections that ultimately create strong, kinder communities:

  • Green Valley, Ariz. – Constructing a communal space at a community garden for residents to step out of the sun and form better neighbor-to-neighbor relations, submitted by Kim Barney
  • Oakland, Calif. – Restoring a beloved community recreation center for neighbors to have a safe and beautiful place to connect, submitted by Maribel Lopez
  • Miami, Fla. – Creating plant sanctuaries at a local library for residents to learn about community gardening, submitted by Mary Benton
  • Acworth, Ga. – Building picnic tables, a gazebo, and a community garden to provide a safe space and healthy food for families in need, submitted by Gisele Butker
  • Kuna, Idaho – Upgrading youth baseball and softball fields so families have a place for recreational sports, submitted by Daniel Edralin
  • Topeka, Kan. – Transforming an alley into a pollinator garden to beautify an outdoor space for neighbors, submitted by Mike Spadafore
  • Detroit, Mich. – Building a community closet from recycled shipping containers to provide free clothing, household, and personal items to residents in need, submitted by Latisha Johnson
  • Buffalo, N.Y. – Building a community garden so neighbors can learn about growing plants, contribute to the area food pantry, and meet neighbors, submitted by Susan Bradbury
  • Cincinnati, Ohio – Creating a mural crosswalk to safely connect a community garden with a local elementary school, submitted by Gary Dangel
  • Philadelphia, Penn. – Upgrading courts and sports equipment at a local recreation center that emphasizes inclusive programs, submitted by Laura Lucas
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